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Tuesday, January 26, 1999 Published at 15:45 GMT


Major's son pens his future

James Major with Emma Noble: Claims his novel has a groundbreaking plot

Former prime minister's son James Major is planning to follow his mother's rather than his father's footsteps - by becoming an author.

The 24-year-old told Hello! Magazine he was concentrating on a novel while his fiancée, Emma Noble, is away playing a model desperate for fame in a touring production of Ben Elton's play Popcorn.

He told the magazine he is working five to six hours a day on the book, which he says has a groundbreaking plot.

He said: "I think I've got a unique idea for my novel and, though there are said to be only five plots in fiction, may I dare joke that I've found a sixth."

[ image: John and Norma Major: His memoirs are in production, she has two books to her name]
John and Norma Major: His memoirs are in production, she has two books to her name
His father, John Major, is currently writing his memoirs, which many hope will lift the lid on the Thatcher years and his own six-and-a-half year term as prime minister.

But it is his mother Norma that has blazed a literary trail, writing books on the prime minister's country retreat Chequers and the actress Joan Sutherland.

Margaret Thatcher's journalist daughter Carol had her own stab at being an author - writing a biography of her father Denis.

Meanwhile, James told the magazine his "greatest ambition" was to start a family when he and Emma, 27, get married in June.

The couple met last year when she was working as a model and game show hostess and he was a manager at the Café Royal in London.

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