The autobiography “Spare” written by Prince Harry is now the best-selling non-fiction book of all time.
On the very first day of the book’s publication, it was available in hardcover, Kindle, and audio format, and sales data indicated that 400,000 copies had been sold so far.
“We always knew this book would fly but it is exceeding even our most bullish expectations” said Larry Finlay, managing director of Transworld Penguin Random House.
“As far as we know, the only books to have sold more in their first day are those starring the other Harry (Potter).”
Harry’s book was mistakenly released early in Spain last week with journalists scrambling to get a copy to report on what was inside before it was taken off the shelves.
It was officially released today, Jan 10, and immediately flew off bookshelves.
Before shops opened at 12am Tuesday morning for the official release of the controversial memoir, queues were already formed in anticipation of the book.
A handful of people waited outside the doors of WHSmith in London’s Victoria station to be one of the first to buy a copy of the book.
In the ghost-written memoir Harry, 38, recounts his grief at the death of his mother, Princess Diana, his disputes with brother Prince William and frustration at the role of royal “spare” in the shadow of his elder brother, who is heir to the throne.