Alex Ferguson's memoir sets a new record

By Drum Digital
30 October 2013

Sir Alex Ferguson's memoir has set a new record for the fastest-selling non-fiction book.

The most successful British football manager ever notches up his latest record a week after the release of his autobiography.

Released last week, figure's show My Autobiography has echoed the 71-year-old's managerial success with Manchester United by selling 115,547 to date.

The hardback book - which has a cover price of £25 - notched up the biggest first week sale for a non-fiction title since official records began 15 years ago.

According to industry magazine The Bookseller, the previous record-holder was Delia Smith's How To Cook: Book Two.

That title sold 112,000 copies in its first week, nearly 14 years ago.

Tony Blair's book, A Journey, sold 92,000 copies three years ago, while 86,000 copies of David Beckham's My Side were snapped up in the first week of its release a decade ago.

The memoirs of Sir Alex, the most decorated British football manager in history, prompted a number of controversies.

Passages of the book such as those about former United players including Roy Keane, Beckham and Ruud van Nistelrooy have attracted considerable media attention since its release.

Some commentators have suggested its success is merely due to the magnitude of Sir Alex's achievements as a manager and that the book actually contains no major new revelations.

-SKY News

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