New book satirizes reality TV, "PC Britain," media

Thu Sep 29, 2011 10:13am EDT
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By Mike Collett-White

LONDON (Reuters) - James Palumbo is best known as the co-founder of Ministry of Sound, the music and nightclub business that claims to be the world's largest independent record company.

But, for the time being at least, he is swapping the beats for books, self-publishing his second novel "Tancredi" -- a satire on everything from reality television to obesity and health care to political correctness.

Palumbo, part of a wealthy "establishment" family from which he is estranged, probably does not have to write to make a living. He has a personal fortune estimated at 150 million pounds.

But Tancredi is, he explained in an interview, an expression of his frustration at what he called the "dumbing down" of society.

"I think I've sort of moved on from business a bit," said the 48-year-old about his switch to writing.

"I was really worried about money and security, but I've been through that and have got grey hair and I thought right, it's time for a new phase," he told Reuters.

"I just think satire, trying to make it a little bit lighter and amusing, is in itself a good angle."

Tancredi, published on Thursday by Palumbo's Marlborough Press, is the follow-up to his debut novel "Tomas," his take on what he has described as "the dark side of money -- the excesses, the obscenity of it all."   Continued...

<p>James Palumbo in an undated photo. REUTERS/Handout</p>