Michelle Obama’s Becoming Likely to Become Most Popular Memoir Ever

By March 28, 2019 News, Political

Michelle Obama’s memoir, Becoming, certainly caused a stir upon release. In the first fifteen days it became the bestselling books of 2018 and soon after Barnes and Noble made it book of the year 2018. Now it’s on track to become the most popular memoir ever released, according to its publisher.

Becoming, first published just five months ago has just surpassed 10 million copies sold and publishers Bertelsmann say that they believe that the figure would make it the most popular memoir ever released.

Neilsen who track UK book sales say that the book is currently number eleven on the top twenty bestselling biographies and memoirs, which tracks sales since official records began in the late 90s. In the UK, Becoming has sold 618,000 copies and is beaten by A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer, which is the top selling autobiography in the UK having sold 1.1 million copies.

In Becoming, Michelle Obama talks of her experiences from childhood, work and motherhood, through to her time in the White House as America’s First Lady. She also reveals her marriage problems with Barack and how after a miscarriage, they used IVF to conceive their children. She also uses the book to criticise the current US president Donald Trump stating that she can never forgive him for putting her family’s safety at risk over his championing the ‘birther’ theory that Obama was not born in the US.

Becoming has been praised for its universal appeal across genders and ages and is still selling well, putting it on track to become one of the best selling memoirs of all time.

London Underground Map Redesigned with Literary Stops

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The London Underground map has had a temporary makeover and had all its place names replaced with literary people, book titles, and fictional places.

The idea was created by book personalisation company In The Book who have redesigned each stop with a famous literary name such as Graham Greene, Zadie Smith, or Arthur Conan Doyle. The map covers most of zones 1 and 2 with some prolific writers featuring multiple times- Charles Dickens is represented in 7 areas.

Tom Matthews, spokesperson for In The Book said:

“The map aims to give a comprehensive geographical guide to London’s diverse literary history. We’re all familiar with Charles Dickens, Martin Amis and Zadie Smith, but it’s also titles such as Lawless and the Devil of Euston Square and Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows that help colour areas of the city in their own unique way.”

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Bill Gates Shares His Summer Reads 2019

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Bill Gates regularly shares his reading list on his blog, Gatesnotes and this has shown us he’s an avid reader. In his summer reads blog he tells us he always likes to have a bunch of books for vacation and would rather have too much to read than too little. We’re sure you reading addicts will be able to relate to that and so we’re reproducing his summer reading list here for you!

This summer, Bill Gates is recommending five books and here they are, along with what he says about them.
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Author Judith Kerr dies, aged 95

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The author, Judith Kerr, best known for her children’s story The Tiger Who Came to Tea has died, aged 95 according to a statement from HarperCollins today. Kerr was considered to be one of Britain’s most successful children’s authors and was still producing stories and illustrations well into her 90s.

A skilled illustrator, and the ability to see the world from a children’s perspective made Judith Kerr one of the most talented children’s writers the world has ever seen. From the Tiger Who Came to Tea, to the Mog the Cat stories, Kerr had a way of talking to children and passing on important messages.

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Nancy Drew Adaptation Coming and the Trailer is Here

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The CW Network has taken Nancy Drew and turned it into a supernatural crime drama and anyone who grew up on these detective tales is sure to be screaming! The new adaptation will premiere on the CW Network this Autumn and stars Kennedy McCann as the titular character.

Nancy will be solving crimes in her hometown of Horseshoe Bay in Maine after her mother’s death threatens to derail her crime fighting. But when a socialite is murdered in town, Nancy and her friends get together to clear their name, and solve the crime.
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Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel Shortlist is Here

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Theakston Brewery sponsor the Old Peculier Crime Festival, which takes place in Harrogate every year. The festival comes along with a prize, the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel and the 2019 shortlist for this prize has just been announced.

Theakston Old Peculier has been the title sponsor of the festival almost from the start back in 2006 and so the award is now in its thirteenth year. Crime remains one of the most popular literary genres, and so here are the six novels that have made the shortlist for 2019, giving you plenty to add to your TBR!

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Historians Claim Best-Selling WWII Book ‘Through German Eyes’ Is a Fake

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Released in November of 2016, D-Day Through German Eyes: The Hidden Story of June 6th 1944 has become one of the best-selling WWII books on Amazon and claims to include never before recorded interviews with veterans who fought in the Normandy landings. The book was written by author Holger Eckhertz, who claims he obtained the information via research done by his grandfather, Dieter Eckhertz, who was a journalist in the 1950’s. However, a number of historians have since claimed many of the accounts the book gives appear to be fabricated, with many of the soldiers being made up.

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