Prince Harry’s memoir Spare is knocked off the Australian charts by a children’s book

Prince Harry’s memoir Spare is knocked off the Australian charts by a children’s book from the Barefoot Investor

Prince Harry’s memoir Spare has become one of the fastest-selling books of all time internationally, but it seems Australian readers are not as interested in the royal tell-all because it has just been knocked off the top of the charts by a children’s book.

The Duke of Sussex‘s explosive biography sold 64,148 copies in its first week, whereas Barefoot Kids, by Scott ‘The Barefoot Investor’ Pape, sold almost double that amount at 128,641 copies, Nielsen Bookscan figures show.

‘Who’d have thought decent financial advice would outperform frostbitten todgers?’ a publishing source told The Daily Telegraph, referring to one of the more notorious tales from Harry’s book.

Prince Harry's (pictured) memoir Spare has become one of the fastest-selling books of all time internationally, but it seems Australian readers are not as interested in the royal tell-all because it has just been knocked off the top of the charts by a children's book

Prince Harry’s (pictured) memoir Spare has become one of the fastest-selling books of all time internationally, but it seems Australian readers are not as interested in the royal tell-all because it has just been knocked off the top of the charts by a children’s book 

Pape himself said the book is ‘the best [he’s] ever written’ and was ‘glad Aussie families have got behind it’.

Spare was the best-selling book in Australia for the week ending January 14, and is the best-selling memoir in Australia since records began in 2002. 

Pape’s The Barefoot Investor: The Only Money Guide You’ll Ever Need was named the best-selling book of the decade in 2019. 

His 2018 follow-up, The Barefoot Investor for Families, sold 74,602 copies in its first week.

The Duke of Sussex's explosive biography sold 64,148 copies in its first week, whereas Barefoot Kids (pictured), by Scott 'The Barefoot Investor' Pape, sold almost double that amount at 128,641 copies, Nielsen Bookscan figures show

The Duke of Sussex’s explosive biography sold 64,148 copies in its first week, whereas Barefoot Kids (pictured), by Scott ‘The Barefoot Investor’ Pape, sold almost double that amount at 128,641 copies, Nielsen Bookscan figures show 

His third book, Barefoot Kids, was published by HarperCollins on November 7 and is still holding the No. 1 spot two months on. The book talks to children about money.

In the UK, Spare has become the fastest-selling non-fiction book since records began in 1998.

The Duke of Sussex‘s autobiography sold 750,000 copies across all formats – print, audio and e-book – in the UK since its publication on January 10.

Spare was the best-selling book in Australia for the week ending January 14, and is the best-selling memoir in Australia since records began in 2002

Spare was the best-selling book in Australia for the week ending January 14, and is the best-selling memoir in Australia since records began in 2002 

This makes it the biggest selling memoir ever for its first week of publication, according to publishers Transworld, the UK division of Penguin Random House.

Official figures from Nielsen BookData showed the book, which was written by celebrity ghostwriter J.R. Moehringer, sold 467,183 print copies in its first week alone.

It comes after a fierce publicity drive, in which Harry took part in several TV interviews to plug his book. 

The memoir includes claims that the Prince of Wales physically attacked him and teased him about his panic attacks, and that King Charles put his own interests above Harry’s and was jealous of the Duchess of Sussex and the Princess of Wales.

Prince Harry's scathing memoir has become the fastest-selling non-fiction book since records began in 1998. (Pictured: Harry on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert)

Prince Harry’s scathing memoir has become the fastest-selling non-fiction book since records began in 1998. (Pictured: Harry on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert)

Despite the memoir being leaked in Spain ahead of the official publication date, Nielsen’s data suggest sales were not negatively affected.

In a U.S. broadcast promoting the work, Harry branded the Duchess of Cornwall the ‘villain’ and ‘dangerous’, accusing her of rehabilitating her image at the expense of his.

As the duke continued a run of high-profile promotional interviews, he said he ‘would like nothing more’ than for his children to have relationships with the Royal Family.

His remarks about his son and daughter came despite the criticism he has levelled at his brother William, father Charles and stepmother Camilla.

He also described his late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, as his ‘guardian angel’ and said she is with him ‘all the time’.

Despite the memoir being leaked in Spain ahead of the official publication date, Nielsen's data suggest sales were not negatively affected. (Pictured: the Duke and Duchess of Sussex)

Despite the memoir being leaked in Spain ahead of the official publication date, Nielsen’s data suggest sales were not negatively affected. (Pictured: the Duke and Duchess of Sussex)

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