Meghan Markle faces a slight setback

Meghan Markle is no longer so popular in the UK. And the sales figures for her book don’t lie … A few weeks ago, the Duchess of Sussex released her first children’s book, titled The Bench, which chronicles the special bond between a father and son seen through the eyes of a mother. A work obviously inspired by his personal life and his relationship with Prince Harry. And if he pulls away from the United States, British readers are clearly shunning him. As the Mirror reports, only 3,212 copies of Meghan Markle’s book sold in the first week. Result: the Duchess failed to climb into the top 50 best sellers. Despite this disappointment, the work should be extremely profitable for the publishers of the book …

Indeed, the Penguin Random House Children’s (PRH) has rights allowing it to sell the English version worldwide. “With just over 3,000 copies (3,212 to be exact) sold, The Bench obviously isn’t a huge bestseller in the first week, it didn’t even make the top 50, he said. explained Tom Tivan, the editor of The Bookseller. But I don’t think it’s a disappointment for Penguin Random House Children’s because picture books usually don’t sell very well initially, even though the author is the Duchess of Sussex. ” According to him, Meghan Markle must be patient to see the sales take off: “The idea is to continue to sell them week after week and it is not a quick success”.

Meghan Markle’s first book: are the reviews good?

It must be said that since its publication, the critics have given themselves to their hearts content. In the British press, all (or almost) agree that Meghan Markle’s book is not of great quality. “The story is so lacking in action and peril that you almost wonder if the writing work has been delegated to a piece of furniture,” read in The Times. freelance journalist Claire Allfree wondered “how could an editor see fit to publish this set of rhyming mismatched and grammar-defying homilies.” For its part, the Telegraph was not more tender: “The humorless book of Meghan Markle could make a whole generation hate reading.” And readers do not seem more excited if we stick to the harsh reviews they left online … But now a mother for the second time, Meghan Markle should not be touched by this literary disappointment .


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