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Harlequin romance novels line the shelves at a Montreal bookstore. Owner Torstar said Friday it is selling the Harlequin division to Rupert Murdoch’s global media company News Corp. for $455-million.
Harlequin romance novels line the shelves at a Montreal bookstore. Owner Torstar said Friday it is selling the Harlequin division to Rupert Murdoch’s global media company News Corp. for $455-million.
(Ryan Remiorz/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

It’s a happy ending for all as Harlequin yields to Murdoch’s embrace

Could there be a more fitting acquisition for media magnate Rupert Murdoch than Harlequin Enterprises Ltd., the world’s best-known publisher of romances, more than a few of which revolve around a beautiful, intrepid young woman finding true love with a dashing, globetrotting gazillionaire?

Take out the dashing part, slice several decades off Mr. Murdoch’s 83 years, toss in his late-in-life search for true love, and you’d have an ideal Harlequin character.