Prince Harry’s hotly anticipated book Spare is already being sold at Waterstones for half price – several weeks before it will be released to the world. The popular UK bookstore has opened pre-orders for the Duke of Sussex’s memoir after it was announced it would finally hit shelves on January 10. Publisher Penguin Random House said the 416-page book would be priced at £28 while and an audio edition, read by Harry himself, will also be released.
Waterstones has opened online pre-orders for Spare but has decided to slash its cost in half to just £14 – more than two months before it is released.
Publicising the book online, the bookstore wrote on Twitter: “On 10 January 2023, readers everywhere will be part of a landmark publication: the story of Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex. Personal and emotionally powerful.”
The tweet includes a link to a pre-order page on its website, which shows the original price of £28 crossed out, with a new price of £14 shown.
It also includes a picture of the front cover of the book, featuring Harry, along with a ‘half price’ badge;
People quickly flooded to the social media platform to brutally mock the fact Waterstones is already selling the book at a highly discounted price.
Twitter user “Ian @GBNews Bring Back Boris” (@iancrichton4) wrote: “Half price already.” The tweet was finished with a laughing emoji.
“IrishMason” (@IrishMason) commented: “HALF-PRICE! That says a lot about the fact that you know sales will be very minimal and you’re trying to boost the numbers.”
Fellow Twitter user “Elizabeth Anne Hunt” (@Tobyamori2011) said: “Already 50 percent off and not even available to buy!”
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Prince Harry’s book, Spare, will finally be released on January 10 and will detail with “raw unflinching honesty” his journey from “trauma to healing”, according to publisher Penguin Random House.
The cover shows the Duke of Sussex looking directly into the camera, along with the words “Prince Harry” and “Spare”. The title is a reference to the phrase “the heir and the spare”
In a press release announcing the publication of the book, Penguin Random House said, “for Harry, this is his story at least”.
It said: “Spare takes readers immediately back to one of the most searing images of the 20th century: two young boys, two princes, walking behind their mother’s coffin as the world watched in sorrow – and horror.
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“As Diana, Princess of Wales, was laid to rest, billions wondered what the princes must be thinking and feeling – and how their lives would play out from that point on. For Harry, this is his story at last.
“With its raw, unflinching honesty, Spare is a landmark publication full of insight, revelation, self-examination, and hard-won wisdom about the eternal power of love over grief.”
A promotional website for the new book has also gone live, with publisher Penguin saying the Duke of Sussex will be supporting British charities with donations from the proceeds, including Sentebale and WellChild.
When Prince Harry announced details of the book last year, he said in a statement: “I’m writing this not as the prince I was born but as the man I have become.
“I’ve worn many hats over the years, both literally and figuratively, and my hope is that in telling my story – the highs and lows, the mistakes, the lessons learned – I can help show that no matter where we come from, we have more in common than we think.
“I’m deeply grateful for the opportunity to share what I’ve learned over the course of my life so far and excited for people to read a first-hand account of my life that’s accurate and wholly truthful.”