NEW YORK (AP) — No, the public isn’t tired of hearing about Prince Harry. “Spare” sales The Duke of Sussex is in some rarefied company.
Penguin Random House announced Wednesday first-day sales for Harry’s Tell-All memoir. Topping 1.4 million copies, a record pace for non-fiction from a company that publishes Barack and Michelle Obama, it took a week to reach 1.4 million when it was published 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 Centerlow, president and publisher of Random House Group, said in a statement.
“Looking at these extraordinary first-day sales, readers clearly agree that ‘Spare’ is a must-read book that we are proud to publish.”
One of the most anticipated memoirs of recent times, “Spare” is Harry’s personal and intimate account. His life in the royal family and his relationship with American actor Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex.
Michelle Obama’s memoir has sold more than 15 million copies worldwide, with sales over time due in part to overwhelmingly positive reviews. The verdict so far has been mixed for “Spare.”
New York Times critic Alexandra Jacob That is the book, and its author, who is “all over the map — emotionally and physically,” is sometimes “candid and funny” and at other times consumed by Harry’s anger at the British press. In The Washington Post, Louise Bayard Found to be “spare”. “Good-natured, obnoxious, witty, self-righteous, self-deprecating, long-winded. Every once in a while, shocking.