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Varying levels of interest as Prince Harry’s memoir goes on sale in NZ

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Prince Harry’s memoir Spare has hit the bookshelves in New Zealand, where it’s predicted to make the bestseller list as it has done overseas.

The book broke records in Britain for sales of a non-fiction book on publication day, but there’s a mixed reaction to the Duke of Sussex’s new book in Aotearoa.

In Auckland, British expat Benjamin said he wasn’t interested in reading the memoir, but understood why Prince Harry might have chosen to pen it.

“I would like to think it’s got something to do with Harry just having enough with everything that has been written about him.

“I think it is a response to all the negative media criticism he has had over the years and I think it has got to a point now where he has basically left the Royal Family, and people are asking why does he want that life and I completely understand it.”

Others RNZ spoke to weren’t interested in the book at all, while some were keen to read it but didn’t want to buy it.

Across Auckland’s 55 libraries, more than 1500 people have requested Spare in its various formats.

In Greytown, Mrs Blackwell’s Village Bookshop had half a dozen pre-orders and one customer at the door to nab a copy as soon as the shop opened on Wednesday when it was released.

Owner Millie Blackwell said plenty of people in the small country town were keen to share their opinions on both the book and its author.

“We’ve had a range of reactions, from the opinion that we share which is that it’s nice to hear people tell their own story in their own words, through to the less moderate opinions, which is that the author might be

Prince Harry's memoir Spare has hit the bookshelves in New Zealand, where it's predicted to make the bestseller list as it has done overseas. In Auckland, British expat Benjamin said he wasn't interested in reading the memoir, but understood why Prince Harry might have chosen to pen it. "I would like to think it's got something to do with Harry just having enough with everything that has been written about him.

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