To Change the World, the You've Got to Influence Young Minds; Comedian, Hollywood Star, Former Addict and Rising Revolutionary, Now Russell Brand Has Morphed into a Children's Author. but Will Parents Buy His Book? HANNAH STEPHENSON Finds Out

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To Change the World, the You've Got to Influence Young Minds; Comedian, Hollywood Star, Former Addict and Rising Revolutionary, Now Russell Brand Has Morphed into a Children's Author. but Will Parents Buy His Book? HANNAH STEPHENSON Finds Out


Byline: HANNAH STEPHENSON

RUSSELL BRAND sweeps into the room half an hour late for our meeting, draped in a voluminous orange blanket, looking more like a Mexican bandit than an anarchic comedian with a penchant for politics and yoga.

Perhaps the cosy attire is a nod to his spiritual beliefs - this is the Russell who spends 100 minutes Ra day doing transcendental meditation and yoga, as well as praying. Either that, or he's following the latest season's 'blankoat' trend.

The Essex-born 39-year-old has been drug-free for almost 12 years and has an aura of calm.

"Every year's a E landmark for me," he says. "Every E December 13, I remember waking up in my flat having been up all night on crack and heroin, missing my train and then fare-dodging and being picked up by Chip Somers (founder of drug and alcohol charity Focus 12), him giving me a cuddle and then going into treatment.

"A regular and daily part of my recovery is to spend time with people with addiction issues. You feel grounded and connected and it's the most important part of my life."

The comedian, Hollywood actor, eco-warrior, former addict of drugs, booze and sex, broadcaster, writer of best-selling My Booky Wook memoirs and political activist has never sat still long enough to be pigeonholed. He has now morphed into a children's author, having penned his version of The Pied Piper Of Hamelin, a cruder, ruder read than the original, in which the adults and the children - and the rats - are all as vile as each other, apart from one youngster.

"Someone told me, 'Forget the adults, they're all doomed, if you want to change the world you've got to influence young minds'," he says of his move into young fiction.

"Also, I have a very comfortable and natural rapport with young children."

" He would like to have children"I don't know if I want to settle down though, but I certainly would like loads of children."

The problem is, where to place Russell's fairy tale - on the teenage shelves or among a younger readership? Given his former reputation are parents going to be put off buying it because he's written it? "Probably, but I don't know what goes on in other people's minds," he says, shrugging. "I was just thinking of myself as a child. …

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