Harper teams up with the BBC for Strictly tie-in

Harper teams up with the BBC for Strictly tie-in

<p>HarperCollins will publish an official tie-in to &quot;Strictly Come Dancing&quot; next week, just days after the 2010 winner of the BBC show is announced.</p><p>Carole Tonkinson, publisher for Harper Non-Fiction and Eric Winbolt, director of innovation, bought world rights excluding the United States to two books from Richard Halliwell, commercial director for Strictly BBC Worldwide, for an undisclosed sum.</p><p>The first book, called <em>Strictly Shimmer</em>, will be published in the UK and Ireland on 20th December, just two days after this weekend&#39;s grand final. The book will be written by &#39;Amanda Roberts&#39;, a fictional production runner on the show. The publisher said: &quot; As she starts to discover the backstage drama, Amanda wonders if she is tough enough to survive but things start to change . . . and incredibly she finds more glitz, more magic and more romance than she could possibly ever have imagined.&quot; However, the book will not feature former Strictly contestants like Alesha Dixon, Mark Rampakash or Anne Widdecombe.</p><p>It will be published simultaneously in e-book format and serialised on entertainment website Digital Spy.</p><p>Tonkinson said: &quot;We are thrilled to be publishing such an exciting novel perfectly pitched and timed to keep Strictly fans enthralled over the holiday season. It&#39;s an inventive partnership that partners a massively loved and successful entertainment brand with pacy storytelling and brilliant characters.&quot; </p><p>Halliwell said: &ldquo;We&rsquo;re constantly looking for innovative ways to extend the Strictly brand and we loved the idea of a fictional novel set behind the scenes. This is a fun and frothy read that will offer fans of the show something a little bit different to anything they&rsquo;ve witnessed before.&rdquo; </p>