Posh Spice to Racks Up the Bucks for Memoirs
Posh Spice, better known these days by her real name, Victoria Beckham, will reportedly receive more than $1.45 million for the tell-all story of her life; a record for the memoirs of a British celebrity, reported ABC online.
According to Reuters news agency, Sophie Brewer of Penguin Books said that the company is “publishing Victoria’s autobiography for an undisclosed substantial sum.”
Penguin's Tom Weldon, who commissioned the book, said he could not comment on a British media report that the company had paid Posh Spice well over $1.45 million for her story, but predicted the 100,000-word book would be a certain hit.
"Victoria Beckham is probably Britain's most famous celebrity today. She is Britain's new Princess Diana," he said.
"It is a real extraordinary story to read… the story of the girl next door who wanted to be famous and made it, but when she got there it was a nightmare."
"Fame has been a real test of character, but she's very gutsy and she can cope. A large amount of that has to do with her relationship with (soccer-playing husband) David Beckham. It is an incredible love story."
"She will definitely outsell Geri," Weldon added. The autobiography of former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell, a constant chart rival to the band since she left them, has sold well over 200,000 copies.
Posh's as yet untitled book, which should be on the shelves next September and will include 60 new photographs from the Spice Girl's own album, will be based on diaries she has been keeping for years.
"She's putting an awful lot of work into it," Haydon said.
The autobiography should counter some of the claims made in an unauthorized biography of the Beckhams written by Princess Diana's biographer Andrew Morton.
"I've read some of the early chapters and she wants to give a full and frank version of her life to put right some of the wrong things said about her," Haydon said.
The Beckhams dropped a legal bid to ban part of the book Posh and Becks in August after reaching agreement with Morton that he would cut some words they objected to.
Penguin's Brewer said the autobiography could contain juicy details about her closest friends.
"She's become a victim of her own fame and there are those in her own circle who have betrayed her," she said. – Albawaba.com.
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