Peppa pips Pippa after bum note in publishing stakes

Pippa Middleton is being beaten by Peppa Pig in the book sales charts despite a massive publicity campaign and a £400,000 (€500,000) advance paid by publishers Penguin.

Pippa celebrated the launch of her first party planning book at a lavish event in central London recently.

But it appears readers have little appetite for Celebrate: A Year of British Festivities for Families and Friends, described by publisher Michael Joseph, an offshoot of Penguin, as a book “packed with recipes, crafts and inspirational ideas”.

The book claims to be “a one-stop guide to entertaining throughout the British year” and aims to help readers plan a variety of events from Christmas and Easter to family birthdays and picnics.

But the 416-page glossy hardback was just 177th on the Amazon best-selling book list yesterday, selling only 2,000 copies in its first week. Children’s favourite Peppa Pig has pipped Pippa with sales of Peppa’s Christmas Wish.

What’s worse, the cover price for Pippa’s book has already been halved from the original £25 sale.

The book has been derided by critics for being banal and devoid of originality.

The Irish Sun reviewer wrote: “Ah yes, that famous arse appears in the opening line — and the rest of the book seems to consist of Pippa talking out of it.”

The book explains games like the sack race. “Everyone stands along a starting line and, on ‘Go’, players start jumping in their sacks towards the finish line. Over-enthusiastic racers will most likely get themselves in a tangle and fall.

“The first person to cross the finish line is declared the winner.”

Wow, tell us more.

Pippa, 29, told journalists she felt “really, really nervous” about the book launch: “I feel incredibly lucky to be in this position to publish a book. It’s been a crazy few years since my sister’s wedding. It’s had its upsides and its downsides and I feel really fortunate to build a career as a writer.”

And pigs might fly.

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