Overpriced Lives of the Stars Flop in Bookshops; AUTOBIOGRAPHIES SOLD CHEAP AFTER FAILING IN THE CHARTS

The Evening Standard (London, England), December 4, 2006 | Go to article overview

Overpriced Lives of the Stars Flop in Bookshops; AUTOBIOGRAPHIES SOLD CHEAP AFTER FAILING IN THE CHARTS


Byline: PATRICK SAWER

SHE may have had plenty of success on TV, but when it came to her autobiography Billie Piper was a flop - and she wasn't the only one. Stars such as Jack Osbourne, Michael Barrymore and David Hasselhoff have seen their autobiographies head straight to the bookshop bargain bins since they were published this autumn.

Their books, for which they were paid advances ranging from [pounds sterling]100,000 to [pounds sterling]500,000, have failed to scrape into the top 20 bestsellers.

It is thought publishers were hoping to duplicate the success of Sharon Osbourne. The X Factor judge and wife of rocker Ozzy became the surprise publishing sensation of the past 12 months.

Her life story, Extreme, has sold almost 900,000 copies to date, making it the biggest-selling autobiography of all time.

But the memoirs that have flopped in her wake have left publishers counting the cost of the huge advances they paid to their writers.

Actor Rupert Everett was paid a [pounds sterling]1 million advance for his autobiography Red Carpets And Other Banana Skins. However, it has failed to enter the top 20 non-fiction chart. His book has been reduced to [pounds sterling]11.39 on Amazon, down from its recommended retail price of [pounds sterling]18.99. So far he has recorded only 20,000 sales.

Big Brother winner Chantelle's Living The Dream has sold even fewer and been slashed from [pounds sterling]16.99 to [pounds sterling]10.19. Joel Rickett, deputy editor of The Bookseller, said: "It's been a gamble for the publishers. People saw Sharon Osbourne's book did very, very well and they wanted to follow that trend, but many of the new titles have not done very well. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Note: primary sources have slightly different requirements for citation. Please see these guidelines for more information.

Cited article

Overpriced Lives of the Stars Flop in Bookshops; AUTOBIOGRAPHIES SOLD CHEAP AFTER FAILING IN THE CHARTS
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
Items saved from this article
  • Highlights & Notes
  • Citations
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Search by... Author
    Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.