By Deirdre Tynan • 09 June 2021 • 9:52
Readers not impressed by The Bench.
Meghan’s book flops at only 204th in the charts, after Kate’s photography book enjoyed massive success.
Meghan’s debut literary endeavour, The Bench, failed to reach the bestseller list while Kate’s photography book continues to soar weeks after it went on sale.
The Duchess of Sussex’s was inspired by a poem Prince Harry wrote her on Father’s Day and by the son Archie. It was released today, June 8.
“Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex’s first children’s book, The Bench, beautifully captures the special relationship between father and son, as seen through a mother’s eyes. The book’s storytelling and illustration give us snapshots of shared moments that evoke a deep sense of warmth, connection, and compassion,” the blurb on Amazon says.
However, the book has not made Amazon’s top 200 bestsellers list.
“Why would someone who refuses to speak to her own father and distanced her husband from his, write a book about relationship with fathers? Why would anyone buy this written by someone like that?” wrote one reviewer who gave the book only one star.
“I’m a children’s librarian, and I’m chagrined this book will now be part of our library. It is not a book for children, as there are no characters, no fun, no adventures. It’s barely a book at all actually, just a set of poorly-rhyming platitudes on how to parent. I would be shocked if anyone gave this 5 stars if the author was an anonymous person (actually, the book wouldn’t have gotten published at all). It distresses me that Meghan (excuse me, “the duchess”) reportedly received a half-million dollar advance for this drivel, when there are so many well-deserving authors who struggle to make ends meet. Please, try their works out instead. If you need help, your local library would be delighted to offer suggestions,” wrote another reviewer.
“Ugh. She hates her father and has alienated Harry from his and she writes kids book about fatherhood?” another added.
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Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla. She moved to Spain in 2018 and is based in Jaen.
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