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Oprah leaves Clinton behind

Move over Bill Clinton, your moment in the spotlight has ended.

india Updated: May 27, 2006 19:16 IST

Move over Bill Clinton, your moment in the spotlight has ended. The former president's record advance of $12 million for his autobiography has been eclipsed by the chatshow host Oprah Winfrey, who has signed a deal with the publisher Simon & Schuster for a book about keeping weight under control.

The deal, announced at the annual Book Expo America in Washington, is claimed to be the biggest signed for a non-fiction work, though the amount was not disclosed. Winfrey now assumes her place above Clinton and the former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan, who was paid $8.5 million for his book.

The book, to be published in the new year, will be cowritten with Win frey's personal fitness trainer, Bob Greene, who frequently appears on her TV programme and has signed a deal with McDonald's to promote its healthy meal campaign. Greene is already a published author, with books including Bob Greene's Total Body Makeover and The Get with the Program! Guide to Good Eating.

Winfrey, too, is renowned for her literary endeavours. Her book club is credited with boosting reading and book sales, and her recommendations can make or break a book in the market. But her efforts have met some controversy: she endorsed and then withdrew her support for James Frey, author of the now discredited memoir A Million Little Pieces.

First Published: May 27, 2006 19:16 IST