Readers flood bookshops in midnight rush to purchase Prince Harry’s Spare

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Eager readers have flooded bookshops to purchase a copy of Prince Harry’s memoir, Spare, as some stores extended their opening hours on Monday night to cater for the midnight rush.

Pictures showed readers and reporters packing out bookshops in a mad frenzy to collect their copy of the memoir.

The book went on sale on Tuesday after almost a week of revelations from it being published in the media. It was put on sale early by Spanish booksellers last week, allowing publications including The Telegraph to purchase copies ahead of the official publication date.

Readers and reporters were quick to pack out bookshops in London

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A customer at a book store during a midnight opening in London

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A planned media blitz to promote Spare has gone ahead as planned, with the Duke of Sussex giving multiple pre-recorded television interviews to discuss its revelations.

Publishing experts predicted that the news stories drawn from the book were likely to boost sales.

WHSmith, the retailer, said it extended opening hours at a number of its shops to allow readers to pick up an early copy of the 417-page book.

Around 10 shops across the country, including those at Heathrow and Gatwick airports and Victoria and Euston railway stations, also stayed open into the night to welcome shoppers.

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Despite the anticipation, Spare is already being sold at a discount, with major booksellers including Waterstones offering it for £14 – a 50 per cent discount on the official price.

The practice, which has been used for other major hardbacks such as Barack Obama’s recent memoir, is controversial. Independent bookshops are often unable to compete with such deep discounts, which are also offered by supermarkets.

“I’m assuming it’ll be another title that the likes of WHSmith and Waterstones will be heavily discounting from the go, so it’s really not worth our while trying to compete,” one owner told The Bookseller last month.