TAIL OF THE CENTURY?

Yep, Louise Wener hopes she's written something people will actually be interested in for longer than five minutes...

Ex-SLEEPER vocalist LOUISE WENER has secured a publishing deal, and her debut novel, ‘GOODNIGHT STEVE McQUEEN’, will be released in April 2002.

Sleeper disbanded following the release of their third album ‘Pleased To Meet You’ in 1997. Since the split, Wener has remained out of the public eye. However, her agent Hannah Griffiths told NME.COM this afternoon (February 12) that the ex-Britpop star’s first book will be published in April 2002 by Hodder & Stoughton.

‘Goodnight Steve McQueen’ is set in London and based around a musician named Danny, who grew up believing his father was the actor Steve McQueen. The story follows Danny as he works to forge a career as a musician, and deals with the problems this causes with his long-term girlfriend Alison.

Griffiths said: “I think it’s important to stress that Louise is a writer. She didn’t get a publishing deal because of Sleeper. She’s delighted to be doing something non-collaborative, she’s totally committed.

“The book shows a human side to the music industry and I think it will appeal to not only music fans, but anyone with an interest in writers like Nick Hornby.”

Griffiths said the book is not autobiographical. It is said to contain references to many contemporary personalities, including television presenters Ant and Dec.