Mys­tery author forced to re­veal her­self af­ter Water­stones book ban

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By GARY DO­RAN

BRI­TAIN’S most mys­te­ri­ous nov­el­ist has fi­nally been un­masked – af­ter she was banned from a book sign­ing for be­ing too rude!

Vikki Dark has man­aged to keep her iden­tity se­cret since she burst onto the pub­lish­ing scene early last year.

De­spite in­ter­net cam­paigns and news­pa­per in­ves­ti­ga­tions the for­mer glam­our model man­aged to stay un­der­cover.

But she fi­nally de­cided to out her­self in protest at her treat­ment and the hands of her lo­cal Water­stones.

The 32-year-old was furious when the Southend store pulled the plug on a book sign­ing to pro­mote her new novel The Trou­ble With Beauty. The shop claimed the con­tent of the book was too ex­plicit for the sea­side Es­sex town.

She said: “I had to think long and hard about los­ing my anonymity. But when Water­stones de­cided that my book was too rude I had to take some kind of ac­tion.

“I knew nam­ing my­self would gen­er­ate pub­lic­ity that would shine a light on this act of cen­sor­ship.

“The man­ager said they don’t do erot­ica book sign­ings and that it was in­ap­pro­pri­ate.

“It is no worse than a Jackie Collins book!”

The book fol­lows the an­tics of a lap­dancer who falls in love with a much older man whose ul­te­rior mo­tive is to lure her into a fraud.

Vikki added: “It’s re­ally dis­ap­point­ing. I had ar­ranged for lots of peo­ple to come to a party af­ter­wards and had hoped to sell quite a few books.”

Vikki’s first book, Dis­tur­bia, was a huge suc­cess and she hopes her lat­est, pub­lished by Pe­ga­sus, will also be a hit.

Larissa Procker, for Water­stones, said: “We have sold Vikki’s book at other larger stores but the Southend store is quite small so can’t stock ev­ery genre.”

LIGHT ON DARK: Vikki out­side

Southend Water­stones

and the pic she used to pro­mote her

book

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