THE Duchess of Northumberland is to set pulses racing with an “X-rated” book and possible movie project.
The Duchess has revealed plans to release a “raunchy” book, and is already in talks with film producer companies over transferring it to the silver screen.
She has revealed the “darker” and “adult” theme has been inspired by pressure from users of social networking sites.
The owner of a famous book shop in the Duchess’s home town last night likened the project to the hugely successful Fifty Shades of Grey novels and said she hoped it would be as popular.
The adult-themed book will be the final part of the Poison Diaries trilogy, the brainchild of the Duchess and inspired by the Poison Garden feature at her Alnwick Garden tourist attraction. The first two books in the series were teen novels written by Maryrose Wood and described as gothic tales of romance, revenge and murder.
However, the Duchess has opted for a change in tack – and writer – in response to feedback on social networking websites Facebook and Twitter.
A spokeswoman for her said: “The reason the book is going to be more geared towards the slightly more grown-up, more mature – not old – ladies is because the thousands of followers we have on digital media suggested it.
“It was originally more for late teenagers. It is now going to be more for the more grown-up person.
“They suggested they would love it to be rather more raunchy, that is the reason we got this other writer.”
In place of Ms Wood, Hugh Sington has been brought in and is in the process of writing the final part of the trilogy.
The Duchess has already had talks with film producers over adapting the project to the big screen.
She was not available to discuss the latest book and possible movie yesterday, but she was given the backing of a well-known fellow Alnwick resident.
Mary Manley, who co-owns the town’s secondhand Barter Books shop, said: “Fifty Shades of Poison – I love it! And I wish the Duchess great success. She has never shied away from controversy, and would we want her to?”
The Poison Diaries series has almost 15,000 fans from all over the world on Facebook and Twitter. The sites offer a glimpse of what readers of the third book and moviegoers could be in for.
One fan posted: “I love the books because, really, it wasn’t your average book, it was set in the past, had a lot of mystery to it and had a love line to it, which is why I read books. I like seeing romances develop between two characters and I really like seeing what happens next, after a cliffhanger!”
The Duchess last week revealed that a book, skincare and beauty products, and jams she is working on will all either feature or contain aphrodisiacs.
She already sells a range of cocktails entitled Delicious Jane, Dirty Jane, Desirable Jane and Deadly Jane.