Phil Redmond writes novel and memoir for Cornerstone

Phil Redmond writes novel and memoir for Cornerstone

"Grange Hill" writer Phil Redmond is to pen a memoir and novel for Random House imprint Cornerstone.

M.d. Susan Sandon acquired world rights in the two books directly with Redmond, who is best known for creating three of Britain's longest-running drama programmes: "Grange Hill", "Brookside" and "Hollyoaks".

The as-yet-untitled memoir will be published in November 2012 to tie in with the 30th anniversaries of both "Brookside" and Channel 4, with an Arrow paperback to be released in 2013.

The novel will be published in spring 2013 and is described by the publisher as a "fictional social drama set in the north of England".

Redmond said: "After selling Mersey Television, I envisaged a more quiet time of reflection and creative inspiration. It has been far from that‚ but now it is a time to return to my writing roots, and have a bit of fun!"

Redmond came up with the concept for "Grange Hill" in 1978 and has written extensively for TV, radio and stage, running independent company Mersey Television for 20 years until 2005.  A fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and made a CBE in 2004, Redmond was appointed creative director of Liverpool's Capital of Culture in 2008 and has worked alongside David Cameron in launching The Big Society in Liverpool.