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Palin memoir a bestseller even before release

It’s outselling Dan Brown’s latest blockbuster and is already the butt of a torrent of jokes about blank pages before the reading public has seen a word. But anyone who hoped they had seen the last of Sarah Palin after she quit as Alaska’s governor had better brace themselves for a new blast as her autobiography shoots to the top of the bestseller lists weeks before it is released.

world Updated: Oct 04, 2009 00:22 IST

It’s outselling Dan Brown’s latest blockbuster and is already the butt of a torrent of jokes about blank pages before the reading public has seen a word.

But anyone who hoped they had seen the last of Sarah Palin after she quit as Alaska’s governor had better brace themselves for a new blast as her autobiography shoots to the top of the bestseller lists weeks before it is released.

The former vice-presidential candidate has already done very nicely out of it with a reported $ 7 million advance for the book, called Going Rogue: An American Life — mistakenly called Going Rouge by one newsreader. Whether readers will feel the 400-plus pages are worth it remains to be seen. Palin wrote the book in just four months and finished it so far ahead of schedule that the release date was brought forward from next spring to 17 November.

HarperCollins is to print 1.5 million copies but that looks likely to be just a first run with pre-orders already putting Going Rogue at the top of the bestseller list on Amazon’s American website. It has pushed Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown’s latest novel from the top spot.