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Michelle Obama’s ‘Becoming’ is the Christmas No.1

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MICHELLE OBAMA’S memoir Becoming has claimed the Christmas number one, selling 91,882 hardbacks (TCM) in the UK in the last week.

It beat its nearest competitor, The Ice Monster by David Walliams, by more than 11,000 copies. In the past week, Becoming has sold over 111,000 copies across all editions in the UK and Ireland.

Michelle Obama is the first person of colour ever to claim the Christmas number one and this is the first time in 10 years, since J. K. Rowling’s The Tales of Beedle the Bard in 2008, that a woman has claimed the spot. Becoming also posted the largest volume for a Christmas number one since Alex Ferguson's My Autobiography was Christmas number one five years ago.

Since it was published on November 13, the former first lady’s memoir has sold over 485,000 copies across all editions in the UK and Ireland, making it the fastest selling non-fiction title of the year.

It is the fastest selling audiobook in Penguin Random House history, and has been a number one Sunday Times bestseller since publication.

Following her triumphant visit to the UK on Monday 3rd December, it was last week announced that Michelle Obama will be returning to the UK on Sunday 14 April next year to do an event at London’s O2 Arena, as part of her book tour Becoming: An Intimate Conversation with Michelle Obama, organised by Live Nation.

She will also be doing events in five other cities across Europe – Copenhagen, Stockholm, Oslo, Paris, and Amsterdam – as well as 15 further events across the US and Canada.

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