By Ron Howells • 04 June 2021 • 20:05
Meghan Markle’s Kids’ Book ´The Bench´ Removed From Display By Waterstones Over Publisher’s Supply Row. image: Pixabay
Meghan Markle’s Kids’ Book ´The Bench´ Removed From Display By Waterstones Over Publisher’s Supply Row.
The imminent UK release of Meghan Markle’s children’s book could be disrupted because of a row that has kicked off between her publisher and book retailer Waterstones, according to a report from The Telegraph.
The Duchess of Sussex’s debut book The Bench is set to be published on 8 June, however, the publisher Penguin Random House (PRH) is currently understood to be in dispute with Britain’s biggest bookseller which could severely impact the sales of Meghan’s book.
Waterstones says the measures were introduced to protect the stock it has of the book, and is not a protest. A spokeswoman said: “We are not boycotting PRH titles but we are doing our utmost to ensure that availability for customers remains good despite the lower overall levels of stock.
Waterstones usually buys books on credit, then raises the money to pay publishers back – however, the chain’s credit was reportedly reduced at the end of last year.
Meghan Markle’s book, titled ‘The Bench’, will focus on the unique relationship between a dad and son as seen through the mum’s eyes.
“The Bench started as a poem I wrote for my husband on Father’s Day, the month after Archie was born,” Meghan wrote in a statement.
“That poem became this story.”
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