Sunday 20 August 2017

Pippa O'Connor's shock as she beats rugby legend Paul O'Connoll in battle for top spot in book charts

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
Brian Ormond and Pippa O'Connor. Picture: Chris Bellew / Fennell Photography
Pippa O'Connor with son Ollie
The Battle by Paul O'Connell with Alan English
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Pippa O’Connor has said it was “surreal” to beat Munster legend Paul O’Connell to the top spot in the book charts.

The model and blogger released her first book in the same week as the former Ireland captain released his, called The Battle.

Simple Tips to Live Beautifully by Pippa O'Connor
Simple Tips to Live Beautifully by Pippa O'Connor

The pair also appeared on the Late Late Show on the same night as part of their respective promotional gigs.

Pippa said she could not believe it when her Simple Tips to Live Beautifully beat O’Connell to the number one spot.

The Battle by Paul O'Connell with Alan English
The Battle by Paul O'Connell with Alan English

“The publishers rang me on the day of the launch to say that the book had gone to number one and I just presumed that was the hardback or non-fiction charts, but they were like, ‘No, it’s number one overall’. I was like, ‘What? I beat Paul O’Connell, are you sure?’ That's mad, he’s a legend,” she said.

Pippa has now set her sights on the fashion world and is gearing up to release her first jeans range, POCO by Pippa, which range in price from €85 to €110.

Brian Ormond and Pippa O'Connor.
Picture: Chris Bellew / Fennell Photography
Brian Ormond and Pippa O'Connor. Picture: Chris Bellew / Fennell Photography

Featuring five different styles including a maternity fit, they are not exclusively for model types and would suit the everyday woman.

“I have a good stretch in all of them because that’s what you want. Years ago, denim was so hard and you literally had to lie down to pull them up, but nobody wants that,” said Pippa.

Pippa O'Connor with son Ollie
Pippa O'Connor with son Ollie

“You want them to be soft and stretchy but really good quality. They’re not small-fitting jeans either, so if you’re between a 10 and a 12 you’ll be a 10 in these.

“They’re not just for size eights.

“We’re going from size 6 to 16 because I think the average woman in Ireland is about a size 14.”

Pippa was speaking at the launch of Sona’s Future Proof Your Health campaign at the Morgan Hotel.

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