ALAN Shatter's racy novel 'Laura' is back on the shelves – and it's all thanks to the Herald.
The Minister for Justice's book, first released in 1989, has been relaunched on the back of a flurry of publicity surrounding the explicit nature of the story.
And publisher Poolbeg Press makes no secret of the fact that the media coverage was central to the decision to reprint the book, even borrowing the Herald's 'Fifty Shades of Shatter' headline.
"Laura: A Novel You Will Never Forget is the much talked about book by Alan Shatter, Ireland's Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence," the firm states.
Referring to a Herald exclusive, it adds: "In recent weeks it came to public attention following a media report that, 24 years after its publication, a complaint had been made about Laura to the Irish Censorship of Publications Board."
It states: "A media frenzy ensued, with Laura referred to as 'steamy', 'raunchy' and even dubbed 'Fifty Shades of Shatter'."
As interest in the decades-old novel soared, so did its price tag.
A signed copy of the book was available in a Dublin city store for €50, while Amazon had an original copy on sale for more than €100.
"Due to high demand, Poolbeg Press have decided to reprint this bestselling novel, updated by the author for its new release in 2013," the company adds.
The book is described as a poignant story of a custody battle following the placement for adoption of the central character Laura, conceived during an illicit affair between a TD and his secretary.