Diary: Marsh switches literary gaze to the obesity issue

To Nobu restaurant in Mayfair's Berkeley Street where, as his book, Fat, Forty & Fired, was being launched in the UK on a tide of Champagne, Leo Burnett's Nigel Marsh was contemplating the merits of full-time authorship.

Pausing to rest a wrist grown limp at having to sign so many freebie paperbacks, the British-born chief executive of Burnett in Sydney was confessing that writing for a living was rather appealing.

Marsh has become something of a publishing phenomenon Down Under, where FF&F has sold 45,000 copies. This is in a country where 10,000 sales for a new book is regarded as pretty good going.

FF&F is Marsh's funny and moving account of finding himself without a job when D'Arcy Australia was killed off by its Publicis Groupe parent.

With Lord Linley and Ben "I'm off the telly" Fogle among those knocking back the free fizz, Marsh disclosed he was one-third of the way through a follow-up tome: Exercise More and Eat Less, You Fat Bastard. A notable addition to the obesity debate, Diary thinks.


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