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I'm just Joe . . . but I beat Cecelia to be number 1

RTE star Joe Duffy has revealed his delight at trumping author Cecelia Ahern in the race to number one.

The Liveline presenter said he's delighted with the success of his autobiography, Just Joe, which has now stormed to the top of the book charts as a best-seller.

"It's at number one and it has outsold all the other books, including paperbacks. I am delighted, but I'm not the type to start doing back-flips," he told the Herald.

"Cecelia Ahern is formidable and she had a book out the same week as me.

"Bearing in mind that paperback is cheaper than a hardback, I was thrilled with how it has done. But I've always regarded the main effort has been in committing everything to print in the first place."

The broadcaster was taking time out from his hectic schedule to check out last night's opening of controversial show Jerry Springer -- The Opera at the Grand Canal Theatre.

He also revealed how it has been an unusual experience being the one interviewed as he promotes the book.



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"I don't generally give interviews and I have done a lot. I was on Spanish radio, known as Talk Radio Europe this morning for some reason as they've a lot of Irish listeners.

"The thing that has most surprised me is that all the interviewers have read the book and were picking up on things in it that I hadn't thought about before," he continued.

The book was launched by old friend and mentor Gay Byrne in Harry's Bar last month in a star-studded event attended by Pat Kenny, Ryan Tubridy, Dave Fanning, Marian Finucane and Gerry Ryan's widow Morah Ryan.

Joe's wife June and their triplets Sean, Ellen and Ronan were also at the launch.

The Liveline star's memoir reveals intimate details about the popular anchor's difficult home life, his rough upbringing and personal life -- including a heartfelt account of his long-term pal Gerry Ryan.

Although there was no sign of Cecelia at the theatre last night, whose latest book is entitled Time Of My Life, her glamorous mum Miriam Ahern was there with partner Terry McCoy.

And she spoke about Westlife splitting up. She said it was great for son-in-law Nicky to have more time with wife Georgina and twins Rocco and Jay.

mfinn@herald.ie


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