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Alastair Campbell: New novel not inspired by Blair

4th February 2010

Alastair Campbell has denied that parts of his new novel are based on his working relationship with former prime minister Tony Blair.

In an interview with the Metro, it was noted that Maya, his second foray into fiction, features a character who is intensely loyal to the protagonist, leading one early reviewer to speculate this may be based on Campbell and Blair.

However, the former spin doctor denied that the story, which follows an actress who attempts to remain close to a life-long friend as she reaches the height of her celebrity, is based on the relationship.

'Actually, my first idea was to wonder if it were possible to be famous and decide of your own volition to suddenly end it,' he explained.

Campbell also told the newspaper that he is enjoying working on fiction, as it affords greater freedom than the high-pressure political world, before adding: 'But maybe it's because writing novels is actually the ultimate control freak's job.'

His debut novel, All in the Mind, was singled out by the Times for its perceptive and occasionally harrowing descriptions of mental illness and its consequences.

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