‘My money’s like a red, red beast

On a table in the Den:

My money’s given away the least.

I’m still a Scot, ye ken?’

Romantics and poetry-fans are in for a real treat today, as fiery business tycoon Duncan Bannatyne releases a collection of his own heartfelt-poetry to coincide with Valentine’s Day.

Arguably best known for his aggressive, incomprehensible outbursts in BBC 2’s Dragons Den, the sullen Scot is looking to cash-in on this year’s festivities with his very-own quixotic poems. The book, priced at £14.99, will predominantly include Duncan’s own work, intermixed with sonnets and verse from some of Scotland’s favourite poets. A few tantalising teasers have been released to the media throughout the week. Some appear to give a very honest insight into his personal life:


The Passionate Dragon to his (Divorced) Wife

Shall I compare thee to a pile of cash?

Thy value comes from what thou represents.

Some would look at thee and see a gash;

I see the power of money when it’s spent.

Thou had a deal of beauty; thou was fair.

I have a lot of money, for I’m rich,

And while thy beauty fades beyond compare,

The beauty of my money, my fair witch,

Shall keep me rich, although you had your cut:

Three hundred-million payouts make me sore.

Perhaps I lied in court, but fair enough:

I didn’t want you having any more.

I have a Dragon’s wisdom, and of course,

There might be one more Reggae Reggae Sauce…


Whereas some give a more nostalgic taste of Duncan’s Scottish heritage:


‘I’d deep-fry anything, anything for you

A pizza, a mars bar and a haggis too.

I’d buy neaps and tatties, and stovies I would make

I’d tear out my heart, a give you it in a Dundee cake.’

Duncan will be reciting his best work on BBC Radio 4 at tomorrow morning at 10.30am, be sure to tune in!