Tom Bower has said that his High Court victory against Richard Desmond last week now clears the way for him to publish his biography of the colourful Express Newspapers boss – entitled Rough Trader.
Bower told The Guardian that he is preparing to give a dossier to the director of public prosecutions alleging that Desmond committed perjury in the witness box. Desmond’s solicitors say there is no evidence he committed perjury.
Bower says Rough Trader was shelved by publishers Aurum after Desmond’s lawyers “put the frighteners” on them. But he is confident the publishers of his Conrad Black biography, HarperCollins, will now bring out Rough Trader before Christmas.
Writing about his week in The Observer, Bower says he believes that – like Conrad Black before him – Richard Desmond wants to receive a peerage.