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Assange memoirs flop in best-seller book lists

Julian Assange: The Unauthorised Autobiography, the WikiLeaks founder's controversial memoir, has failed to make the bestseller lists, limping in at 537th in this week's sales rankings.

The book, published last week by Canongate, managed to sell just 644 copies during its first three days on sale, making it the 537th best-selling title in Nielsen BookScan's top 5,000 survey - placing it alongside the latest offering from Mills & Boon, Satisfaction.

Canongate, which published Assange's memoirs despite the Australian's attempts to have the manuscript suppressed, is remaining bullish about the book. Publishing director Nick Davies dismissed early lack of interest, saying it was "a marathon and not a sprint", and revealing that the publisher had inked seven international rights deals.

According to Davies: "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."

Those without the time (or the inclination) to read Julian Assange: The Unauthorised Autobiography can get the general drift from The Guardian's digested read of the book.