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Dermot O’Leary introduces his new children’s book at Primrose Hill Primary School

X-Factor host's new life as a writer

14 December, 2017 — By Helen Chapman

EMERGENCY, a king cobra has escaped from London Zoo! Can three cats save Camden Town from the snake?

No, this is not a newsflash, this is the premise of X Factor host Dermot O’Leary’s debut children’s book, which he introduced to pupils at Primrose Hill Primary School on Friday morning.

The star of Toto The Ninja Cat is based on his own pet, who regularly features on his Instagram feed. Mr O’Leary, who lives nearby, said: “I wanted to make it a local story. I thought, what if a venomous king cobra snake escaped from London Zoo?”

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