Kate Middleton 'Mannequin' Comments Prompt Sales Boost for British Author
Hilary Mantel's novels have risen on the book charts after she likened the Duchess of Cambridge to a "shop-window mannequin" with a "plastic smile."
British author Hilary Mantel’s novels have received a sales boost since she criticized Kate Middleton earlier this month. Remarks made by the Man Booker prize winner (the first female to do so twice in a row) caused controversy that brought Prime Minister David Cameron to Middleton’s defense, while simultaneously generating interest in her novels.
At a lecture at the British Museum titled "Royal Bodies," Mantel called the Duchess of Cambridge a “a shop-window mannequin, with no personality of her own, entirely defined by what she wore," with a "plastic smile" and “as painfully thin as anyone could wish without quirks, without oddities, without the risk of the emergence of character. ” The remarks prompted a firestorm of media attention and led the Prime Minster to call them "completely misguided."
Bookseller reports that as of Tuesday, Feb. 19, the U.K. publisher Fourth Estate has seen a 100 percent increase in e-book sales of Mantel's novel Wolf Hall, the first in a trilogy about Thomas Cromwell’s rise to power under the rule of King Henry VIII, compared to the day before -- the result, Bookseller speculates, of the increasing media coverage surrounding Mantel's comments.
According to CNN, the U.K.’s Telegraph discovered that Wolf Hall and it’s sequel, Bring Up the Bodies, had on Wednesday, Feb. 20, scored a higher spot on Amazon’s book charts. On Amazon U.K.’s list of best-selling historical fiction, the paperback edition of Wolf Hall has jumped from No. 13 to the No. 3 slot, while Bring Up the Bodies moved from No. 17 to No. 5.