Rightwing commentator Milo Yiannopoulos has claimed to have sold 65,000 copies of his self-published memoir, Dangerous.
The former Breitbart editor made the boast on social media while appearing to complain about the lack of mainstream media review coverage for the title.
He posted on his Instagram page on 27th June from his milo.yiannopoulos account: "65,000 preorders and counting. Number of mainstream media interviews: zero."
The hardback version of Dangerous is currently topping Amazon UK’s Political Humour charts, as well as Amazon.com’s Censorship and Politics chart, with the Kindle edition coming in at number three in the ranking. The recommended retail price is £23.36 and it is due to be published on 4th July.
It has also been reported that the restaurant due to host the book launch cancelled the party after the patron realised what the event was. According to Pink News, the owner of New York dim sum restaurant Jue Lan Club, Stratis Morfogen, axed the launch when he discovered the details.
The former Breitbart editor’s book already boasts three five-star reviews on Amazon.co.uk. One reviewer, James Cristea, said: "When editors fall victim to the liberal's rants and raves, we are all living in a scary country. Hoping Milo gets this published soon. Another, known as 'A. Gift For You', said: "Majority of America hate Milo. But that doesn't mean he doesn't have his freedom of speech. It's like what J.K. Rowling said regarding our president, 'His freedom to speak protects my freedom to call him a bigot.'"
Online retailer Amazon.co.uk shows that after viewing his book, other customers bought Enemy of the State (The Press News Ltd) by Tommy Robinson, The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam (Bloomsbury Continuum) by Douglas Murray, Righteous Indignation: Excuse Me While I Save the World (Grand Central Publishing) by Andrew Breitbart and Trump: The Art of the Deal (Baker and Taylor) by US president Donald Trump.
Yiannopoulos announced plans to self-publish his memoir in May through his newly announced imprint, Dangerous Books, two months after his S&S US book deal was shelved. At the same time, he also announced plans to file a "$10m lawsuit" against former publishers Simon & Schuster US.
S&S US pulled out of its book deal to publish the memoir in February following a radio interview in which he appeared to condone sexual relations with young boys. The advance from the publisher's imprint, Threshold Editions, was reportedly worth $250,000.
It is not believed a lawsuit has yet been filed. S&S US has been contacted for comment.