Julie Myerson: the broadsheets’ Jade Goody

Posh author Julie Myerson has talked in graphic detail of her anguish about the decision to help publicise her own book. In an interview about her previous interview, Myerson says she had no regrets about giving interviews about her son’s five-year battle with cannabis which can soon be read about in her novel, The Lost Child, a book which ordinarily nobody would be writing about before its publication. She adds, in another interview: “I don’t regret helping to publicise the book …” Myerson, 48, has been accused of being “available for interview”, while others have said that she is using the forthcoming publication of her book for commercial gain.

In response to the controversy, her son Jake last week did his own interview and claimed his mother was “an author”. In an interview in The Sunday Times, Myerson admits her decision to do broadsheet interviews to help advertise the book before its publication is controversial. “If you allow your book to come out without publicising it, you will get flak,” she says. “But I don’t care what people say about me in the press, as long as they’re saying something about me in the press.”

Myerson reveals she spoke to her publicist several times last week after months of silence. “He called me to say, ‘Have you seen what you’ve done?’,” she says. “He was delighted.” Myerson adds: “Obviously I love my son. He had this plan to talk to the tabloids and get as much money as possible. I said, ‘Darling, this will backfire. The tabloids have literally no idea who I am. They don’t even watch Newsnight Review.'”

The Lost Child is being rushed out two months early by its publisher in order to cash in on the fact that Julie Myerson’s nice face has been all over the grown-up newspapers. The novel, which her publisher, Bloomsbury, had originally intended to bring out in May without anybody even noticing, is now coming out “in a few days” before the storm in a teacup dies down. “Given this week’s extensive speculation about Julie Myerson’s The Lost Child, we felt that it was right to bring forward publication to allow everyone the opportunity to buy her brilliant book and consider the complicated questions it raises,” it said in a statement. “The least complicated of these is: should the publicity department get the rest of the week off?”


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