Books, Showbiz

Pippa Middleton launches first book | Jamie Tuohy


When Pippa Middleton walked down the aisle of Westminster Abbey as her sister’s bridesmaid, the 29-year-old younger sibling of the Duchess of Cambridge became an international celebrity, thanks in no small part to a strategically-structured Alexander McQueen gown. And now Pippa has put her assets to good use (not THAT ASSet), by utilising her English degree to launch her first book.

The book, entitled,  The Art of Social Climbing Celebrate: A Year of British Festivities for Families and Friends was inspired by her parents’ party-planning business and in the introduction Pippa acknowledges the source of her fame, writing,

“It’s a bit startling to achieve global recognition (if that’s the right word) before the age of 30, on account of your sister, your brother-in-law and your bottom.”

To launch the guide, the first-time author chose to wear no less than four outfits, resulting in a near-total of £3,000. The event wasn’t attended by her sister, Kate, who was believed to be at home in Anglesey with William, but Pippa’s parents, Carole and Michael and her brother James all showed up to lend their support to their youngest daughter and sister.

Before finding fame-by-association, Pippa worked as a party-planner and edited the newsletter for her parent’s website (how tasking that must have been!), so the book promises to offer all the expertise she has built up over the years.

Pippa received an astonishing £400,000 advance for the book, with publishers tripping over their well-heeled shoes to get Pippa on their books.

Speaking at yesterday’s launch in front of the clamouring press, Pippa said,

“It’s incredibly exciting and I feel really lucky to be in this position to publish a book so that’s great.”

“It has been a crazy couple of years since my sister’s wedding but it’s had its upsides and downsides I just feel really fortunate to be able to build a career as a writer.”

Some of Pippa’s tips in the book include how to make the perfect breakfast, which ranges from making “a cup of tea and digestives, to a fully laden tray.”

There aren’t any references to Pippa’s royal connections in the book, apart from her sharing of some childhood memories with Kate and James, but in the introduction, Pippa elucidates on why she wrote the book, saying,

“I know many of you will pick up the book out of nothing more than curiosity.”

“I can assure you that it feels even stranger to me than it probably does to you to have seen so much written about me when I have done so little to paint a picture of myself.”

“This is my first chance to do that and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.”

“The book is designed to be a comprehensive guide to home entertaining, based on my experience in my family’s business Party Pieces and work for London-based events company Table Talk.”

So far, reviews have been mixed, but the book will undoubtedly be the first of many, and a Christmas best-seller, as Pippa endeavours to become a fully-fledged writer. Expect a novel within a year!


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