Dolly Parton Announces her Debut Novel ‘Run, Rose, Run’

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Dolly Parton Announces her Debut Novel ‘Run, Rose, Run’

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Country icon, Dolly Parton has announced her debut novel, Run, Rose, Run, will be arriving in March next year, accompanied by a full-length album of the same name. 

The book has been co-authored by legendary US fiction writer James Patterson – aka world's bestselling author, best known for his enduring fictional characters and crime series, including Alex CrossWomen's Murder and more – who describes the world as “a new thriller about a young singer/songwriter [Rose] on the rise and on the run…and determined to do whatever it takes to survive!” 

In a post to social media, Parton explained that the upcoming project combines her “love of storytelling and books”. See below.


The story is set in Parton’s hometown of Nashville Tennessee where the central character moves “to claim her destiny”, however, as in all good thrillers there’s a twist, as she discovers that “it’s also where the darkness she’s fled might find her”.

The book will also arrive with an accompanying album of the same name, Run, Rose, Run, featuring 12 new original tracks. Lyrics to these will also be included in the book. “All new songs were written based on the characters and situations in the book,” Parton explained. 

Co-author, James Patterson said in a statement: “It’s been an honour – and a hell of a lot of fun – to work with the inimitable Dolly Parton, whom I’ve long admired for her music, her storytelling, and her enormous generosity.”

“The mind-blowing thing about this project is that reading the novel is enhanced by listening to the album and vice versa. It’s a really unique experience that I know readers (and listeners) will love.”


At 75 years old, Run, Rose, Run marks Dolly’s first foray into fiction, however, the singer has previously co-authored a number of memoirs. Most recently, Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life In Lyrics, was released in November last year.

Run, Rose, Run is set to arrive on March 7, 2022, via Penguin Random House (UK) – you can pre-order your copy in various formats from here.


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