NEW YORK (AP) — No, the public hasn’t gotten tired of hearing about Prince Harry.. Sales by “Spare” they have placed the Duke of Sussex in rarefied company.
Penguin Random House announced Wednesday that first-day sales of Harry’s tell-all memoirs surpassed 1.4 million copies, a record pace for nonfiction from a company that also publishes Barack and Michelle Obama, whose “Becoming” took a week to hit 1.4 million when it opened in 2018.
Sales figures for “Spare” include hardcover, audiobook and eBook editions sold in the US, Canada and the UK.
″’Spare’ is the story of someone we may have thought we already knew, but now we can really come to understand Prince Harry through his own words,” Gina Centrello, president and publisher of Random House Group, said in a statement.
“Looking at these extraordinary first-day sales, readers clearly agree, ‘Spare’ is a book that demands to be read, and it’s a book we’re proud to publish.”
One of the most anticipated memoirs of recent times, “Spare” is Harry’s very personal and intimate account. of his life in the royal family and his relationship with the American actress Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex.
Since then, Michelle Obama’s memoirs have sold more than 15 million copies worldwide, with sales holding up over time in part due to rave reviews. The verdict is mixed so far for “Spare.”
Alexandra Jacob, New York Times critic called the book, and its author, “all over the map, both emotionally and physically”, at times “frank and funny” and at other times consumed by Harry’s anger at the British press. In The Washington Post, Louis Bayard found “Spare” to be “Affable, spiteful, humorous, self-righteous, self-deprecating, long-winded. And from time to time, disconcerting.
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