Prince Harry’s memoir opens at record sales rate

NEW YORK (AP) — No, the public didn’t get tired of hearing about Prince Harry. Sales for “Spare” placed the Duke of Sussex in rarefied company.

Penguin Random House announced on Wednesday that first-day sales for Harry’s telltale memoir surpassed 1.4 million copies, a record pace for non-fiction from a company that also publishes Barack and Michelle Obama, whose “Becoming” took a week to reach 1.4 million when it was released in 2018 .

Sales figures for “Spare” include hardcover, audiobook and e-book editions sold in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

“‘Spare’ is the story of someone we thought we already knew, but now we can truly 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 begs to be read, and it’s a book that we are proud to publish.”

One of the most anticipated memoirs of recent times, ‘Spare’ is Harry’s very personal and intimate account. of his life within the royal family and his relationship with American actress Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex.

Michelle Obama’s memoir has since sold more than 15 million copies worldwide, with sales held up over time in part by highly favorable reviews. The verdict is so far mixed for “Spare”.

New York Times reviewer Alexandra Jacob called the book, and its author, “all over the map – emotionally as well as physically”, sometimes “blunt 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 “Good-humored, vindictive, humorous, self-righteous, self-deprecating, endless. And occasionally, disconcerting.

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