BEHIND THE BEHIND: “It’s a bit startling to achieve global recognition (if that’s the right word) before the age of 30, on account of your sister, your brother-in-law and your bottom,” writes Pippa Middleton in the introduction to her new book, “Celebrate: A Year of British Festivities for Families and Friends” (Michael Joseph), which will be published in the U.K. on Thursday. An excerpt was published on Sunday in You, the weekly women’s magazine that comes out with The Mail on Sunday in Britain. The book shows Middleton smiling ear to ear in the autumn sunlight, and surrounded by pumpkins and giddy children as she serves up trays of finger foods and cookies for Halloween parties and various other autumn festivities. She enthuses: “The nurturing of friendship, family and home feels more important than ever to me in a world that sometimes appears to be moving so fast that we forget what really matters.” Middleton was reported to have scored a six-figure deal for the book, which was announced shortly after she organized the post-dinner party at Buckingham Palace that followed her sister Kate’s marriage to Prince William last year.
The excerpt in You — a 24-page, color pull-out section — has no doubt netted the younger Middleton another lucrative deal as the Daily Mail has famously deep pockets when comes to serializations and excerpts. (Next weekend will bring yet another section, covering such topics as her’s Sunday lunch and traditional Highland tea). Middleton, who works for her family’s online children’s party supplies business, Party Pieces, has already come under fire in the British press for attempting to cash in on her royal connections. It doesn’t seem to have bothered her a bit: “One day, I might be able to make sense of this,” she writes, referring to her newfound fame. “In the meantime, I think it’s fair to say that it has its upside and its downside. I certainly have opportunities many can only dream of, but in most ways I’m a typical girl in her 20s trying to forge a career and represent herself in what can sometimes seem rather strange circumstances.” Well, there’s surely no lack of sugar-coating — literally and metaphorically speaking — and it remains to be seen what sort of reaction Middleton’s blackberry butter, bonfire roasted marshmallows, and devil’s food cake will spark this week.