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Michelle Obama: Becoming sells 10 million copies

BESTSELLER: Michelle Obama's memoir Becoming has sold more than 10 million copies

MICHELLE OBAMA’S memoir has sold more than 10 million copies, meaning it’s set to become the most popular autobiography ever, the book’s publisher has said.

Becoming, which was released in November last year, has become a hit around the world.

Markus Dohle, executive board member at German media group Bertelsmann, the parent company of Penguin Random House, which published Becoming, said: “I reckon Michelle Obama’s book has the potential to become the biggest memoir of all time.”

The memoir was published simultaneously in 22 countries and translated into 31 languages.

Not only has Obama’s written book proved immensely popular with audiences across the globe, her audiobook has become Penguin Random House’s faster-ever seller.

Bertelsmann paid $60 million (£48 million) for the rights of the Obama’s memoirs. The former US president’s book is yet to be published.

Rupert Murdoch’s HarperCollins and publisher Simon & Schuster both lost the bidding war to win the rights to the books.

Obama touched down in 10 cities for her first round of the book tour last year.

The first-time author is set to return to the UK next month, following a sold-out book tour date at Southbank Centre in December last year.

Author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie interviewed Obama at the event held at Royal Festival Hall.

During the event Obama shared advice on careers, relationships and spoke about the importance of liking yourself.

The additional Becoming tour date will see Obama in conversation with late night US TV host Stephen Colbert at London’s O2 arena.

In December, she became the first person from a black or ethnic minority background to claim the Christmas number one, knocking David Walliams off the top spot.

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