Diary: Money can't buy Bell a publisher

Bell, we can reveal, has now completed Rich Bastard. the weighty tome he has been working on from his exile in Monaco since 2002.

The semi-autobiographical work follows the travails of a wealthy bon-viveur who comes to Monaco to escape the Inland Revenue. Bell hopes the book, which has yet to find a publisher but is already being turned into a screenplay, will 'reassess attitudes to wealth'.

Finding three years to write a novel in between the cocktail parties with the jet set must be truly tortuous, Quentin.

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