WikiLeaks founder's memoirs flop in at number 537 in book charts

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s controversial memoirs have sank without trace following their release, failing to make the charts after its launch.

Julian Assange: The Unauthorised Autobiography, published by Canongate, has notched up a dismal 644 sales during its first three days on sale, making it the 537th ‘best’ selling book of the week – according to Nielsen BookScan’s top 5,000 survey.

The poor showing places Assange alongside Mills & Boon’s latest, Satisfaction, three “intense” stories of Greek heroes and heroines.

Nick Davies, Canongate’s publishing director, was unpeturbed by the books poor showing however, insisting it was "a marathon and not a sprint" and that Canongate had signed seven international rights deals.

Davies added: "We never made any big predictions about the sales of the Assange book – particularly on the first three days of sale. There was no build up for the trade, the media or with the reading public. But we’re proud of the way we handled what has been a difficult and unusual launch, and we are extremely proud of the book.”

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