Becoming in book display
Book display of Becoming

Fans were keen to get their hands on copies of the book at the earliest possible moment, with select Waterstones branches opening especially early to satisfy demand. As retailers kept up with demand, Radio 4 Woman’s Hour devoted a programme to Michelle Obama and readers joined in the conversation on social media, with talk of the book trending on Twitter.

Commenting on Becoming entering all book charts at number one in both book and audiobook form, Penguin General Sales Director Sam Fanaken said: 'The support from retailers has been extraordinary – from an incredible pre-order campaign run by Waterstones, to a brilliant launch right across the retail market. There are beautiful window displays across the country, nonstop bookseller enthusiasm on social media, and celebratory events.'

Becoming at London Waterloo

Giant screens at Waterloo Station displayed images from the book on publication day, giving commuters an insight into the autobiography.  

Next week sees the opening of the Becoming pop-up shop – a partnership between Penguin Random House and magazine gal-dem - at 2 Bury Place, Bloomsbury in London. The shop will be the first of its kind to sell books written only by women and non-binary people of colour, mirroring the people behind gal-dem. Hosting events all week curated by gal-dem, the pop-up will also exhibit photos from Michelle Obama’s life that will afterwards be donated to Brixton’s Black Cultural Archives.

  • Becoming

  • An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir; 15 million copies sold worldwide

    THE NO. 1 BESTSELLER

    BRITISH BOOK AWARDS, NON-FICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR

    THE SUNDAY TIMES, MEMOIR OF THE YEAR

    BOOKS OF THE YEAR: THE TIMES, OBSERVER, GUARDIAN, EVENING STANDARD

    Now in paperback featuring a new introduction by Michelle Obama, a letter from the author to her younger self, and a book club guide with 20 discussion questions and a 5-question Q&A, the intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States

    In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her -- from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it -- in her own words and on her own terms.

    Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations -- and whose story inspires us to do the same.

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