The tragic celebrity love triangle between Bob Geldof, Michael Hutchence and Paula Yates has been retold as a 19th century period novel depicting Geldof as a penny-pinching, jilted husband called Eamon Bleakley.
Fans of the late INXS frontman Hutchence have been speculating about the eerie similarities between The March of the Foxgloves and the breakdown of Geldof's marriage since the book's release. But Daily Mail Australia can reveal author Karyn Hay based her novel around Hutchence and Yates' doomed love affair.
Hay's bestseller portrays Bleakley, based on Geldof, as a parsimonious husband whose wife has fallen out of love with him.
Michael Hutchence and Paula Yates' (pictured) love-affair has been retold in a novel by New Zealand author Karyn Hay
Hay's bestseller portrays Bleakley, based on Bob Geldof (pictured with Yates) as a stingy husband whose wife has fallen out of love with him
The book traces the journey of protagonist Frances Woodward in 1893 from London to New Zealand as she seeks a fresh start in a distant land.
Frances is a passionate photographer who moves from Auckland to Tauranga, a coastal city in the Bay of Plenty on New Zealand's east coast, where she stays in the Bleakley household with Eamon, his wife Hope and their three unusually named children Drithle, Tussie-Mussie and Mopsa, a reference to the colourfully named Geldof brood.
Hay accepts that Geldof may not be happy with his depiction in the book as 'penny- pinching' but says he deserves compassion.
'I chose the name Bleakley for a reason. Eamon Bleakley is a bit of an a****hole.'
'His wife was no longer in love with him and was in love with someone else.'
'The depiction of him (Geldof) in the book, I mean some people have said it's cast him in an unfavourable light. I think it casts him as having a very human response to what's occurring. And which one of us would like that aspect our life, if that happened within our own life, made so public?'
Geldof and Yates divorced in 1996 amid Yates' long running affair with Hutchence. But the tortured lovers never got their happily ever after - Hutchence died in a Sydney hotel room the following year and Yates died from a heroin overdose in 2000.
Geldof and Yates (pictured) divorced in 1996 amid Yates' long running affair with Hutchence
Geldof and Yates had three children with unusual names, which was replicated in Hay's novel
In the book, the unstable Bleakley marriage nears breakdown as Eamon resents his wife's lavish ways while she grows frustrated by the sight of him.
Her desire turns to Marshall Harding, a poet with all the Hutchence swagger who is engaged to a beautiful young woman.
There are other unmistakable parallels: Harding loses his sense of smell in the same way that Hutchence did, in a street fight in