SHARON OSBOURNE's Book Is U.K.'s Top-Selling Autobiography

Joel Rickett of the U.K.'s The Guardian is reporting that Sharon Osbourne's book "Extreme" has become the best-selling hardback autobiography since records began (in 1998), selling 621,000 copies, beating the previous record for English soccer superstar David Beckham's "My Side" by more than 100,000 copies.

The PR guru Max Clifford said: "She's got a great tragic human interest story. We love people who can triumph against the odds, and a woman who can transform herself physically." Boyd Hilton, TV editor of Heat magazine, adds: "Most celebrities are reluctant to say anything controversial. When you interview Sharon everything is laid bare."

To win the book auction, the publisher Time Warner offered an equal advance — a rumored £500,000 (aproox. $890,000) — for Ozzy's autobiography. Sharon accepted, saying she could never accept a deal that valued her higher than her husband. She was paired with ghostwriter Penelope Dening. "Sharon had strong opinions about how she wanted it to be written," Hodgson says. "It has the pace of a thriller."

Sharon has just finished her film debut, a romantic comedy, "It's a Boy Girl Thing", produced by Elton John and David Furnish's Rocket Pictures.



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