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Paul Henry memoir hits No. 1


Controversial broadcaster outsells number two title 3:1, shifting "more than 4000 copies".

NBR staff
Fri, 17 Jun 2011

Paul Henry’s memoir What Was I Thinking took the number one spot on the Nielsen BookScan’s bestseller list today after its first full week of sales, with almost three times the sales of the number two book.

A rep for Mr Henry's publisher, Random House, told NBR the book had sold "more than 4000 copies" during its first seven days on sale - not bad for a market where 10,000 sales over a book's lifetime is considered a major hit.

At $39.95 a pop, it would have grossed around $160,000.

Random House managing director Karen Ferns said “We have had a phenomenal response to this book from the general public, with hundreds of people turning out to support Paul at both his events and signing sessions, right throughout the country.”

The broadcaster hit headlines again on Tuesday when his former employer, TVNZ, was fined $3000 by the Broadcasting Standards Authority for taking "insufficient action" after Mr Henry's October 1 comments about Chief Minister of Delhi Sheila Dikshit on Breakfast on October 1 last year.

Mr Henry's comments included the bon mot, "Dikshit .... that’s so appropriate because she’s Indian, so she would be dick in shit, wouldn’t she, do you know what I mean, walking along the street."

In a statement, Random House described Mr Henry as a "complex character".

NBR staff
Fri, 17 Jun 2011
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