A popular celebrity memoir is about to make history

With all of the autobiographies out there, it can be hard to pick a favourite. But it looks like that’s exactly what the world has done – and the top dog is winning by a mile, too. Any guesses as to who it could be?

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If you were thinking the same as us, then you’re right. The one and only Michelle Obama is set to make history with her memoir as it is on track to Becoming (see what we did there?) the best-selling autobiography of all time.

The former American First Lady’s book, Becoming, quickly became the bestselling book of 2018 after it was released in November, shifting 725,000 copies in the States alone on its first day. It has since gone on to sell more than a whopping 10 million copies worldwide, according to Stuff. And now, it has been reported that Mrs Obama is about to make history as the owner of the best-selling memoir of all time.

Commenting on the massive milestone, Markus Dohle, Penguin Random House’s chief executive told The Wall Street Journal: ‘I’m not aware, in my personal experience with Penguin Random House, that we ever sold 10 million units of a memoir.’

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Becoming by Michelle Obama, £13, Amazon

‘We believe this could be the most successful memoir in history,’ added Bertelsmann Chief Executive Thomas Rabe, who owns a 75% stake in Penguin Random House.

Following its release, Michelle’s book held the longest success streak on Amazon, holding the number one position longer than any other book aside from E.L James’  Fifty Shades of Grey back in 2012, according to the E-tail giant.

However, Michelle isn’t the only Obama to have signed a deal with Penguin. The publishing house will also be releasing the official autobiography of former US President Barack Obama as the couple entered a $60 million deal with Penguin in 2017. His memoir is expected to be released later this year, though the date has yet to be confirmed.