Miss Rusty’s racy novel now in print

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CONTROVERSIAL teacher Leonora Rustamova is to publish the racy novel that cost her her job.

Her story Stop! Don’t Read This has also caught the attention of film and TV producers, her publisher has revealed.

Kevin Duffy, of Hebden Bridge-based Blue Moose Books, said: “Waterstones will be stocking it and we’ve had interest from an international film production company and Channel 4. Because it’s such an inspirational story by an inspirational teacher, we have had both national and international interest.”

The published novel will also include the impact the controversy has had on her life during the last two years.

The popular English teacher, known as Miss Rusty, wrote the novel to encourage “disaffected” teen pupils to read.

But it provoked a storm of controversy when it appeared online, naming five Year 11 students as characters who uncover a drug den beneath the Mytholmroyd school.

The story attracted criticism for its content, which includes swearing, violence and sexual undertones, and hints of under-age drinking and drug use.

One pupil is referred to as flirting with Miss Rusty and two boys are compared to “gorgeous Mr Gay UK finalists”.

Miss Rustamova was suspended in January 2009 after the material appeared on self-publishing website lulu.com.

Hundreds of pupils walked out of lessons in protest, but the 41-year-old, of Salendine Nook, Huddersfield, was sacked in May 2009. On Friday, she lost her claim for unfair dismissal after a Leeds employment tribunal upheld the school’s decision by a majority verdict.

Mr Duffy said the book would have been published regardless of the outcome. He said: “It is a fantastic story, and it’s the story of the story which is interesting as well – how she got these disaffected young lads back into school and enjoying learning.”

The royalties will be split between Miss Rustamova and the five boys in the story, Mr Duffy added.

“They are very supportive and have been from the beginning,” he said.

The book is due to be published in late April or early May.