We here at KCKRS haven’t officially welcomed the Beckham’s newest edition to the world, so let me take the opportunity to so do now: Welcome, Harper Seven Beckham. Quite the name you have there.
While the middle name “Seven” jumps out, enraging George Costanza, it’s the littlest Beckham’s first name that has the world of book sales on fire. I knew Davey and Posh were popular, but who could fathom that they could push a sixty-year old classic of American literature back to the top of the sale charts?
Word is that Harper is named after Harper Lee, the author of the book To Kill a Mockingbird. Supposedly, this is one of Victoria’s favorite books, though we naturally have our doubts. “Harper” is a fine name, so I’m going to guess the Beckhams settled on the name first, then engineered a story to make it seem more refined.
“A lot of thought goes into our children’s names and Harper was a name that we’ve loved for a long time for a couple of reasons,” Beckham says on his Facebook page, according to the Daily Mail. “One reason is Harper’s an old English name which we loved and one of the other reasons was Victoria’s favorite book is ‘To Kill A Mockingbird.’”
As a result, the Amazon’s U.K. site has seen a 123 percent increase in sales, with “To Kill a Mockingbird,” first published in 1960, rising to No. 38 on the best-sellers chart, according to a statement from the e-retailer. (At the time of this post, the Pulitzer Prize winning novel was at No. 23 on the list.)
Number 23. Hmm.
Source: The Marquee Blog