Prince Harry’s memoir ‘Spare’ breaks sales record

Prince Harry set a record with his tell-all memoir ‘Spare’, after the English-language version sold more than 1.4 million copies on its first day of publication.

The bumper sales included all formats of the book – print, audio and electronic – in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, according to a statement released Wednesday by book publisher Penguin Random House.

“Spare’s first full day of sales represents the largest first day sales total for a nonfiction book ever published by Penguin Random House, the world’s largest commercial publisher,” Penguin Random House said.

Harry’s 410-page memoir officially went on sale on Tuesday, with some London stores opening at midnight in anticipation of strong demand. Copies of the Spanish version were released days earlier, resulting in a whirlwind of headlines and revelations in global media.

Still, these didn’t turn out to be spoilers for those eagerly awaiting its release, as the publisher revealed.

Random House also said the first US printing of Harry’s memoir was 2 million copies and now the book is “back in press for additional copies to meet demand”.

The publisher had promised “raw and unflinching honesty” from the prince, who narrated the full audio version of the book.

“Spare” is on sale in 16 languages ​​around the world.

The Duke of Sussex is holding back next to nothing as he dismantles the public perception that he is the fun-loving, carefree party prince, immersing himself in the devastating impact of his mother’s death, experiencing the drugs as a method of coping with grief, and her difficulties in finding love.

He is at times scathing and hypercritical towards several family members, who fail to defend themselves as the Palace does not respond to complaints, and reveals deeply personal conversations despite Harry’s previous slurs to the media for invasion of privacy.

“Vulnerable and heartfelt, courageous and intimate, Spare is the story of someone we may have thought we already knew, but now we can truly understand Prince Harry through his own words,” Gina Centrello, President and Editor of the Random House Group, said in the release.

To put “Spare” sales into context, Barack Obama’s 2020 memoir “A Promised Land” sold 887,000 copies across all formats on its first day in the United States and Canada, breaking records there. era for the book’s publisher, Crown, a penguin random House imprint.

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