HOLLY BYRNES OUT OF THE BOX

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BE­SIDES the de­li­cious bites of gos­sip in our news­pa­pers, there’s noth­ing that gets a town in a tail spin more than a full serve of thinly veiled spite in the form of a novel by ‘‘ Anony­mous’’.

Full of ‘‘ guess who, don’t sue’’ swipes, with names changed to pro­tect the guilty and the author from le­gal ac­tion, they are lit­er­ary gold sold on in­nu­endo alone.

Chan­nel 9 was skew­ered in one a few years back when Boned picked over the wounded net­work.

Then there was The Bride Stripped Bare, a shock­ing story of a des­per­ate Lon­don house­wife with a fond­ness for ran­dom sex acts with mini-cab driv­ers.

It didn’t take long to out the author as Aus­tralian writer Nikki Gem­mell, who used the no­to­ri­ety to launch her pub­lish­ing ca­reer.

And hit­ting the shelves this month is a new ti­tle, Strictly Confidential, by Syd­ney pub­lic­ity queen Roxy Ja­cenko, dish­ing the dirt on the lo­cal me­dia and so­ci­ety scene.

Per­fectly timed too with what’s hap­pen­ing on Gos­sip Girl, where those Up­per East­siders are dis­cov­er­ing Dan Humphrey packs a punch with his pen in a saucy new novel.

All the gang fea­ture but, of course, they’re all too busy be­ing fab­u­lous to ac­tu­ally read it (un­til their min­ions do it for them). Cue fire­works.

For bride-to-be Blair, it could spell the end of her nup­tials to Grimaldi prince Louis, who had pre­vi­ously tried to stop the press to save his NY princess the scan­dal.

Ser­ena’s ties to Dan present a work op­por­tu­nity, when her pro­ducer boss de­mands she use her friend­ship to score the film rights to the book.

Mean­while, Nate’s re­la­tion­ship with ‘‘ cougar’’ Diane (El­iz­a­beth Hur­ley) re­mains a se­cret he’d like to tell. Gos­sip Girl, Fox8, 8.30pm

Tar­get: Gos­sip Girl’s Blair

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