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Pippa Middleton's Book Celebrate 'Is Terrible' Says Riders Author Jilly Cooper

12/04/2012 12:13 pm 12:13:37

Pippa Middleton's party-planning book Celebrate has been slammed by Queen of the bonkbusters Jilly Cooper.

Cooper, who made her name with the raunchy novels Rivals and Riders, gave a scathing verdict of Middleton's debut tome, describing it as "terrible".

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Pippa Middleton at the launch for her book Celebrate

Middleton pocketed a £400,000 advance from Penguin for the book, which is described by the publishers as "packed with recipes, crafts and inspirational ideas".

The 416-page glossy hardback, which features photographs of Middleton engaging in party planning activities like cooking and decorating went on sale for £25 but has since been slashed to £10.99 on Amazon.

The damp squib response of her efforts has put Middleton somewhat on the defensive.

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Jilly Cooper describes Middleton's book debut as 'terrible'

In a piece for the Telegraph, she wrote: "I could have written a book that showcased the most extravagant or elaborate of occasions- after all, I spent three years working for an events company planning parties - but I wanted to produce something that was achievable; something that people would have on their shelves for years; something that was not too fussy - just simple and comforting."

Cooper adds: "I don't blame her, I think she was ill-advised. All I can say is I hope the British public don't demonise her because of it.

"She seems like a lovely girl and her sister is wonderful."

Middleton's labours have also been lampooned via a genuinely funny Twitter parody account entitled Pippa Middelton Tips.

It offers such gems as:

Pippa at her book launch:

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Pippa Middleton's Style
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