David Walliams has a job at Royal Ascot 2012, signs contract with HarperCollins for more children’s books but where is his OBE?
Great news for lovers of David Walliams books!! After four very successful novels, HarperCollins Children’s Books has signed a multi-book deal with comedian and author David Walliams to include further fiction titles and a new expansion into colour books. Publisher Ann-Janine Murtagh secured world rights for the “dynamic” deal, set to extend to 2016, with Paul Stevens at Independent Talent Group Ltd.
Murtagh said: “David Walliams’ unique talent for storytelling with its hallmarks of wit and warmth has proved inspirational to children worldwide, and his titles are destined to be the classic children’s books of the future. We have amazing new books lined up from David in the year ahead—and we are deeply delighted to be the home of his children’s publishing here at HarperCollins.”
Walliams’ most recent novel, Gangsta Granny, has sold over a million copies to date in hardback. This weeks his books were listed among Coalisland Library’s most borrowed books.
The good news doesn’t end here for David, as according to the Ascot Insider the actor and Britain’s Got Talent judge will be amongst the famous names from the world of sport and entertainment who will join members of the Royal Family and racing fraternity in presenting trophies to winning owners during Royal Ascot, which this year runs from 19th to 23rd June. David will be presenting on the 4th Day at 3.05pm The King Edward VII Stakes. He is listed as Mr David Walliams & Lara Stone (Comedian and charity swimmer accompanied by his wife, model, Lara Stone.).
Being so well liked by various members of the Royal Family makes me wonder: his OBE can’t be far away now, can it? With Gary Barlow, Kate Winslet and Gareth Malone on the Queen’s Birthday Honours list, I was amazed not to see David mentioned.
Last year him receiving an OBE or even a knighthood for risking life and health for charity on numerous occasions seemed like such a given, people felt they shouldn’t even bother sending a form to the palace. With footballers getting honoured for simply doing their job and scoring a goal surely this major, never seen before, effort by a single man who isn’t a natural athlete could not go unrewarded, right? This year the feeling is still the same for many and so it should be. what better way of combining British patriotism and heroic sacrifice for charity then swimming the Thames? If this (and his 4 other challenges) doesn’t get you a onto the honours list what will? Well, apparently organising a concert for the Queen (sorry Gary, that feels a little bit like sucking up to me), re-issuing a 13 year old movie (Kate Winslet) or directing a choir (Gareth Malone). All nice, and in Gareth’s case commendable, but are these really the most deserving celebrities around? It makes me feel a bit like doing a Kanye.
Come on your majesty, give David an OBE – or even better a knighthood. Can you imagine the look on Simon Cowell’s face when he has to call David sir!!
This post was written by guest blogger and reality TV showbiz observer Daniel Cohen. Catch up with him on Twitter here.
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