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Pippa, the last thing we need is a book about how to party

I WAS once asked to write a book. Immediately after Big Brother, I was wined and dined by THREE people from a publishing company who said I could write the book of the year.

Yeah right. I knew this was nonsense. I hadn't written a word since my university thesis on the role of musicians in The Cultural Revolution in China. And that idea didn't exactly light up the room when I mentioned it to the publishers.

There was no book in me (yet) and, as I enjoyed the big, fancy meal the publishers were paying for, I was smart enough to know that to think otherwise would have been smug and stupid.

I imagine Pippa Middleton went through a similar experience -- taken out, fed, and poured more than a few glasses of very expensive wine.

She's definitely the girl of the moment and you can see that to get her name attached to anything would be good business for a company or brand.

So the silly girl has obviously been wooed -- as she is seemingly 'very close' to signing a book deal about, wait for it, how to be the perfect hostess. Now, considering we are in the midst of a global recession I reckon hosting comes just a little after getting-a-job on the list of things to achieve.

Is there really a market out there for a book, telling people about party etiquette, what wine to bring, the faux pas of canapes and other irrelevant information?

But there does seem to be a strange interest in the upper classes of Britain again. After the royal wedding, it seems people have become intrigued in all things upper class.

You only have to look at the ridiculous reality show Made In Chelsea on E4 -- in which a group of idiotic, mega-wealthy aristocrats who live around Chelsea, are followed through their meaningless lives. People are fascinated by them. I see them all as pointless human beings.

So maybe posh is back. And maybe Pippa will do well with telling the poverty-stricken masses how to avoid embarrassment when inviting people to a party. I doubt though, that she will avoid embarrassment with this sham idea of a book.


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