Husband of record-smashing erotic writer bags own book deal

Niall Leonard, whose wife EL James wrote the erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey, has landed his own major book deal - with a manuscript he wrote in just a month.

The thriller, Crusher, is due to be published later this year and is aimed at young adults.

Niall Leonard, husband of erotic writer EL James, to publish own book Credit: PA/Random House Group

Niall Leonard, a TV screenwriter responsible for programmes like Monarch of the Glen and Hornblower, was challenged to write the book by his wife. Executives at her publishing house were so impressed, they signed him up to a three book deal.

Fifty Shades of Grey, his wife's debut novel, set a UK record last week by selling more than 200,000 copies in seven days.