Not much to Celebrate! Pippa Middleton's much hyped party-planning guide is already being sold at half-price as copies fail to shift
18:58 GMT, 12 November 2012
Her fledgeling career as a published author is barely a month old, but Pippa Middleton's first book is already in the online equivalent of the bargain basket.
The Duchess of Cambridge's younger sister launched her entertaining manual, called – perhaps inauspiciously – Celebrate, in a blaze of publicity, but the glossy tome is floundering at number 180 in Amazon's list of bestsellers, and the internet retailer has slashed the price of the book in a bid to shift copies.
Celebrate, trailed as 'a year of
British festivities for family and friends', features entertaining tips, recipes, and craft ideas from party planner Pippa, who received a 400,000 advance for the book from publishers Penguin.
Floundering: Pippa Middleton, 29, at a launch party for Celebrate at Daunt Books in London last month
But pearls of wisdom from the
29-year-old – such as the observation that a turkey's size makes it 'perfect for feeding larger gatherings' – have been met with scathing reviews from critics, and the book –
originally priced at 25, can now be snapped up on Amazon.co.uk for 12.
PIPPA'S PEARLS OF WISDOM: PARTY TIPS FROM CELEBRATE
At Halloween, Pippa recommends creating a spooky atmosphere with a few 'mournful ghosts': 'Simply blow up white balloons, tie each one to a bamboo cane, and drape a white sheet over it'
As a children's Halloween game, Miss Middleton suggests the 'doughnut tree', stringing the treats from tree branches for youngsters to try and bite without using their hands, but she adds: 'If you play indoors, line the floor with plenty of newspapers'
Pippa's outdoor game of choice for a bonfire night party is conkers: 'Each player has a conker threaded onto a piece of knotted string… and pairs of players take it in turns to hit each others conker'
Despite jetting to New York to promote her book, Pippa's efforts are faring even worse on the other side of the pond, with Celebrate at 308 on Amazon's U.S. bestseller list today.
Her Stateside fans can now get their copy for $29.75, down from $50.
The Edinburgh University graduates tips for celebrating Burns Night received a particularly chilly reception in Scotland, where critics' conclusions ranged from 'pretty rudimentary' to 'dull as dishwater'.
Pippatips, a spoof Twitter account mocking the 'banal' party hints contained in Celebrate, has almost 20,000 followers.
Among the books currently outselling Pippa's party-planning guide are Arnold Schwarzenegger's autobiography Total Recall, currently at number 88 in Amazon.co.uk's list of bestsellers, and children's book The Dinosaur That Pooped Christmas, at number 97.
While cookery books from Nigella Lawson, Jamie Oliver, and Great British Bake Off star Paul Hollywood are all holding fast in the top 10, culinary tips from Prince William's sister-in-law are clearly failing to attract customers.
This is despite Pippa's recent efforts to prove her credentials in the kitchen, having written an article in the Sunday Telegraph describing how she learned to cook while working as a kitchen assistant in her local gastro-pub during her gap year.
It was in that role – where she joked that she 'reached the dizzy heights of chief “ciabatta roll-maker”' – that she developed her passion for food, she said.
On offer: Despite a hefty advance and a promotional tour, Celebrate has failed to make an impact on the bestseller lists