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Friday, 14 February, 2003, 11:54 GMT
Dahl's debut: Your views
Sophie Dahl and Anne Morris
Dahl was aided by her artist friend Anne Morris
Sophie Dahl has written her first book, The Man With The Dancing Eyes, and hopes for literary as well as modelling success.

The romantic tale is accompanied by illustrations from Dahl's childhood friend Anne Morris.

"The prospect of a first novel by a supermodel is rarely something for book-lovers to get excited about," wrote BBC News Online reviewer James Bregman.

"At first glance it looks like a children's book; pictures fill most of the 80 pages, and it takes about 12 minutes to read," he added.

But what do you think? Are the illustrations the saving grace of the book? Does Dahl have literary talent? Or is she merely trading on her famous name?

Have your say

Take all the words out, leave the illustrations in, and this book would be worth buying.
Chris Lonie, UK

I read it and enjoyed it for what it was - she makes no claim to be the next literary maestro - the story is whimsical rose coloured romance. The heroine a daydremaer like the rest of us. A modern day Holly Golightly. I liked it, but then I always was a sucker for a happy ending.
Anna

Well... you know what.... I like it. It's like a grown-up Mr Men book. It's entertainment. It fitted very well into the Radio 4 short story format and the book itself looks good. However, I do think that the book should be in paperback and Mr Men priced. Do you think Sophi Dahl worries that we won't all think she's another Proust? Instead it would make an excellent alternative to buying a copy of Heat for the journey home.
Chris, UK

I am absolutely appalled that somebody has seen fit to publish this completely one-dimensional flimsy book. The nice illustrations do not compensate for a total lack of story or depth. There are real talented writers out there, struggling to find a publisher for their creative works, and they are being rejected in favour of cheap publicity stunts like this.
Danny Salter, UK

Tripe! Since this 'writing' is from the hypocrite who slated slim and thin women saying she was so proud to be big, and then went on a crash diet to be slim, is it any wonder the quality of the writing is confused and lacks integrity as well? Fake writing from a fake woman playing on her grandfather's name.
Zane, UK

I think it would make a great childrens book; and some of the best children's books appeal to adults as well.
Abdulfez, Japan

"His wooing was legendary and Byronic in style". I think I'll give it a miss.
Osman, UK

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