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Pippa Middleton's book 'Celebrate' hits bargain bins to boost sales

London, Sun, 09 Dec 2012 ANI

London, December 9 (ANI): The price of Pippa Middleton's celebrations book has been slashed to just 6.25 pounds in an attempt to shift more copies before Christmas, it has been revealed.

WH Smith has slashed 75 per cent from the cover price of her book 'Celebrate: A Year of Festivities for Families and Friends' which originally went on sale for 25 pounds.

The 29-year-old party planner's book has been ridiculed by critics and is currently languishing at 353 in online retailer Amazon's bestselling chart, the Telegraph reported.

The younger sister of Duchess Kate is said to have been paid a 400,000-pound advance for the book but sales have failed to live up to expectations, with just 2,000 shifted in the first week.

Veteran novelist Jilly Cooper, author of a string of raunchy bestsellers, recently described the book as "terrible" and claimed that bosses at Penguin were "slitting their wrists".

The party book is a comprehensive guide to year-round festivities but critics say the tips are too simplistic and condescending.

Her time-saving trick for having ice at a party is "buy in bulk for delivery from wine shops, or make batches of your own and store in freezer bags".

Pippa']'s top tip for Christmas day is "Because of their size, turkeys are perfect for feeding large gatherings."

To share a perfect Valentine's Day meal at home with your partner, Pippa advises "set the table somewhere you don't normally dine. A small table for two can be laid pretty much anywhere around your home."

The book even has a parody Twitter account called '@PippaTips' which sends obvious tips to 30,000 followers. (ANI)


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