The Freeland File
Aerospace & Defense
Global Market Data
Lucy P. Marcus
The Great Debate
Macro & Markets
Lipper Awards 2012
Personal Finance Video
Our day's top images, in-depth photo essays and offbeat slices of life. See the best of Reuters photography. See more
China: Then and now
The China of yesterday and the rising superpower of today. Slideshow
The long war
Scenes from the war in Afghanistan. Slideshow
Obama on attack in foreign policy debate, but Romney steady
Italian court ruling sends chill through science community
22 Oct 2012
Apple set to unwrap mini-iPad to take on Amazon, Google
"Horses and bayonets" becomes latest debate catchphrase
Obama, Romney battle over foreign policy
22 Oct 2012
Obama gets second chance in debate rematch with Romney
Obama talks Libya and Biden’s swimsuit on ”Daily Show”
As other polls show tight race, Gallup stands apart
Pippa Middleton pens party book, "startled" at fame
Rowling "obsessed" with death, reads reviews later
Thu, Sep 27 2012
Rowling's adult novel lacks magic, some critics say
Thu, Sep 27 2012
Potter author steps into unknown with adult debut
Wed, Sep 26 2012
Analysis & Opinion
The caprice of publishers
Pippa Middleton, the sister of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, watches from the gallery at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York September 4, 2012.
Credit: Reuters/Eduardo Munoz
By Mike Collett-White
Tue Oct 23, 2012 8:36am EDT
LONDON (Reuters) - Paparazzi favorite Pippa Middleton is already a global celebrity. Now the 29-year-old sister of the future British queen is aiming to become a global brand.
The woman whose appearance at the spectacular 2011 wedding between Kate Middleton and Prince William caused as much of a sensation as the bride herself has written a recipe and party planning book which hits the shelves this week.
"Celebrate: A Year of British Festivities for Families and Friends" has been praised and pilloried in equal measure ahead of its Thursday release, but, perhaps predictably, Middleton's introductory comments have dominated the headlines.
In them, she addresses her status as one of the world's most photographed individuals, and even tackles the topic many people most closely associate her with - her behind.
"It's a bit startling to achieve global recognition (if that's the right word) before the age of 30, on account of your sister, your brother-in-law and your bottom," she wrote with a candor that won admirers in the royalty-obsessed British press.
"One day I might be able to make sense of this. In the meantime I think it's fair to say that it has its upside and its downside." The upside could be the size of the book deal.
Penguin imprint Michael Joseph, which is publishing the 416-page glossy hardback in Britain, has declined to give details of the size of the agreement, although a spokeswoman said some media coverage of the book had bordered on fiction.
The widely reported, but unsourced, amount is 400,000 pounds ($640,000), a sum which to most unpublished authors would appear astronomic although such advances are not unheard of.
Lena Dunham, three years Middleton's junior and the American creator of HBO comedy "Girls", was paid more than $3.5 million for her first book, according to the New York Times.
The Penguin spokeswoman did not confirm a Daily Mail report, also unsourced, that Middleton had signed up for more books, and added that one-on-one interviews to promote the publication were "never part of the plan".
The British media linked the decision to royal sensitivities over the likelihood that Middleton would be asked questions about the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge - the titles her royal brother-in-law and sister have now adopted.
The Middletons' relationship with the press has not been easy of late.
When Kate was photographed topless on holiday, the royal family sued the French magazine that published images which the palace described as a "grotesque" breach of privacy.
A tabloid picture editor estimated Pippa was photographed by paparazzi up to 400 times a day, underlining how important the sisters have become for the celebrity and tabloid press.
As well as selling newspapers and magazines and driving internet traffic, they are also considered major trend-setters who can sell outfits faster than just about anyone.
Now Pippa hopes to turn her experience working for her parents' party planning company to good commercial use.
Early reaction to Celebration, excerpts of which appeared in the Mail on Sunday, has ranged from the snide to the supportive.
The Daily Mail's Jan Moir could barely hide her skepticism.
"Critics might wonder what Pippa Middleton really knows about entertaining - particularly as she looks like a girl who has spent her entire life being entertained," she wrote.
"From the moment she appeared in butter satin at her sister's wedding, Pippa has struck absolutely no one as the kind of girl you would always find in the kitchen at parties."
But Bryony Gordon takes up her defense in the Daily Telegraph, which, like the Mail, is generally pro-royal.
While conceding that "the abiding feeling generated by Celebrate should be one of nausea," she praises Middleton for avoiding obvious exploitation of her royal connections.
Of "oddly comforting" recipes, Gordon adds: "If the world's most famous bottom can make blackberry butter, then I can too."
(Reporting by Mike Collett-White, editing by Paul Casciato)
We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of Reuters. For more information on our comment policy, see http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/2010/09/27/toward-a-more-thoughtful-conversation-on-stories/
Be the first to comment on reuters.com.
Add yours using the box above.
Back to top
New York Legal
Support & Contact
Connect with Reuters
Our Flagship financial information platform incorporating Reuters Insider
An ultra-low latency infrastructure for electronic trading and data distribution
A connected approach to governance, risk and compliance
Our next generation legal research platform
Our global tax workstation
About Thomson Reuters
Thomson Reuters is the world's largest international multimedia news agency, providing investing news, world news, business news, technology news, headline news, small business news, news alerts, personal finance, stock market, and mutual funds information available on Reuters.com, video, mobile, and interactive television platforms. Thomson Reuters journalists are subject to an Editorial Handbook which requires fair presentation and disclosure of relevant interests.
NYSE and AMEX quotes delayed by at least 20 minutes. Nasdaq delayed by at least 15 minutes. For a complete list of exchanges and delays, please click here.