Thursday 19 October 2017

Battle of the books: Pippa O'Connor tops the model book charts... but others didn't fare so well

Pippa O’Connor has reached the top of the book charts. Pic. Robbie Reynolds
Pippa O’Connor has reached the top of the book charts. Pic. Robbie Reynolds
Simple Tips to Live Beautifully by Pippa O'Connor, €16.99 at Eason
Models Rosanna Davison and Roz Purcell have both produced cookbooks. Photo: Brian McEvoy.
Hitting the write note: Cecelia Ahern at home in Malahide.

Sean O'Grady

She made her name as one of Ireland's best-known models, but Pippa O'Connor has proven she's more than just a pretty face - as her style bible has been a runaway success.

Her fashion, beauty and lifestyle guide outsold books by fellow models Rosanna Davison and Roz Purcell by more than 10,000 copies.

Released in October, the blogger's book has sold more than 24,000 copies already.

Rival Roz Purcell's Natural Born Feeder has sold 13,620 since its release in January last year.

Simple Tips to Live Beautifully by Pippa O'Connor, €16.99 at Eason
Simple Tips to Live Beautifully by Pippa O'Connor, €16.99 at Eason

Rosanna Davison's debut book, Eat Yourself Beautiful, came out in August and has sold 10,483 copies.

In September, the former Miss World released a follow-up book, Eat Yourself Fit, which has sold 3,424 copies.

Other well-known names who released health and fitness books did not fare so well in the rankings.

Former Tallafornia star Kelly Donegan's book, Build Your Own Body, has sold just 635 copies since it was released last May.

Models Rosanna Davison and Roz Purcell have both produced cookbooks. Photo: Brian McEvoy.
Models Rosanna Davison and Roz Purcell have both produced cookbooks. Photo: Brian McEvoy.

While Roz and Rosanna's books focus on healthy eating, Pippa's offering is a more general lifestyle book that covers topics including skin care, fashion and travel tips.

All three models have strong followings on social media. Penguin Ireland managing director Michael McLoughlin told the Herald that Pippa's online fan base was one of the reasons why they agreed to publish her book.

"We are thrilled. Pippa's book was the 13th best-selling title in Ireland last year and was the third best selling non-fiction book of the year.

"With Pippa, we knew she had a huge social media following and is very popular in her own right.

Hitting the write note: Cecelia Ahern at home in Malahide.
Hitting the write note: Cecelia Ahern at home in Malahide.

"We were pleasantly surprised how well the book has done, which just goes to show that people are interested in hearing about the lives of people such as Pippa O'Connor."

Other celebs who released books in the past year include Cecelia Ahern, whose  novel Lyrebird has sold 13,825 copies since its release in October.

Gay Byrne's wife, Kathleen Watkins, has enjoyed stronger sales of her children's book Pigin Of Howth. It has sold more than 10,800 copies since its release in September.

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