Arcadia rushes Queen's 'autobiography'

<p>Arcadia is rushing out a royal family-themed novel before the heightened interest surrounding the Windsors dies down. <em>The Autobiography of The Queen</em> is a humorous imagining by Emma Tennant in which her majesty disappears to St Lucia.</p><p>The independent publisher signed the novel on 4th September, and is releasing it on 18th October as a &pound;9.99 hardback. It said it wanted to capitalise on publicity surrounding the 10th anniversary of Diana&#39;s death, the recent televised showing of Stephen Frears&#39; film &quot;The Queen&quot;, and publication of Alan Bennett&#39;s <em>An Uncommon Reader</em>.</p><p>&quot;We&#39;re bringing it out in, for us, a record of five weeks from signature of contract,&quot; said publisher Gary Pulsifer. &quot;It&#39;s an opportune time to publish.&quot; He added that the publication had led to talks with Tesco: the first time a supermarket has shown interest in an Arcadia title. The first print run is 6,000 copies; distribution is through Turnaround.</p><p>Arcadia bought world English-language rights from Piers Russell-Cobb of MediaFund, one of the publisher&#39;s investors. The foreign language rights will be handled by Paul Marsh of the Marsh Agency on behalf of MediaFund.<br /></p>