Tom Bower has described Rough Trader, his biography of Express owner Richard Desmond, as "the most devastating story of a businessman I have ever written" - and said it is likely to be in the shops before Christmas, according to the Guardian.
Speaking to the Guardian after celebrating his victory in the libel case brought against him by Desmond, Bower said he believes the Express proprietor brought the action in the hope of suppressing his biography.
Bower finished a 220-page unauthorised biography of Desmond in 2005, which he promised contained "really quite unbelievable facts" about how the 57-year-old owner of Express owner came to acquire a fortune estimated by the Sunday Times at £950m.
The Guardian reports that Bower said he has a meeting next week with HarperCollins, who published his biography of Conrad Black and funded his legal defence against Desmond. He is "very hopeful" that Rough Trader, complete with a new chapter documenting the failed libel action, will be on sale by Christmas.
It is understood that at least one of Desmond's former editors was interviewed by Bower for the biography.
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