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# first stab
George Hook has a publisher for his erotic novel about a radio boss and a billionaire
The veteran broadcaster unleashed his idea for the page-turner last summer. He won’t let go of it, it seems.


Two things we never imagined we’d have to combine in the same conscious thought – never mind an entire book.

Plenty of people thought the veteran broadcaster and rugby pundit was joking last year when he unleashed his first stab at 50 Shades-style writing on the radio-listening public.

The 74-year-old had people all over the country reaching for the dial last July (some to turn the radio up, some to turn it off) as he gave us a glimpse into his concupiscent daydreams:

RTERadio1 / YouTube

A sample:

One thing dominated his thinking since that first erection in the outside toilet of the tenement block he inhabited with four other families.


Speaking to this week, Hook confirmed that not only was he deadly serious about his amorous ambitions – but that he had aleady secured a publisher for the mooted novel.

“I think I need to be retired before I publish it,” he told us.


Because it’s the story of a radio station run by a billionaire.

The plot has been altered a little since that first draft we heard about last summer it appears. The main character was initially envisaged as a “fat, old, balding radio presenter” reminiscing about previous erotic encounters as he neared the end of his life.

The hero’s now been changed to a former radio chief executive.

And the billionaire? The billionaire is American and (importantly) female…

He’s had a few conversations with his libel lawyer as he works on the page-turner, Hook said: / YouTube

Write what you know

“One of the great writers for me was Ian Fleming who wrote James Bond. He was able to put so much into it because he was a spy in World War II,” Hook expanded.

I knew if I was going to write a book of fiction it would have to be about something I know – so I know very well how be a failure in business, I know a lot about sport and I know a lot about radio and TV.

He added:

I also have some experience of erotic endeavours.

‘Mad as Hell’ 

We also got talking about the upcoming general election, and whether – as it will be his last election in the Right Hook chair – the presenter would be channeling his inner Peter Finch (à la the classic Network) as he dealt with this year’s Dáil hopefuls: / YouTube

Read: Whatever happened to George Hook’s Dáil bid?

Read: “Stay in bed you freak”: This is the kind of hate mail George Hook receives

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