Times calls time on celeb memoirs

<p>The <em>Times</em> has claimed that the &quot;lustre&quot; of celebrity memoirs is &quot;fading&quot;, devoting a double-page spread to what it calls &quot;possibly the most reviled literary genre in history&quot;.</p><p><a href="../news/104603-publishers-cautious-after-disastrous-autumn-for-celeb-titles-.html" target="_blank" title="http://www.thebookseller.com/news/104603-publishers-cautious-after-disas... on stories first reported in <em>The Bookseller</em></a>, the <em>Times </em>quotes deputy chief executive of Penguin, Tom Weldon: &quot;Sales are down by around 25 or 30 per cent this year, more than the decline in the book market overall. This is mostly the fault of publishers, because some of the titles seem a bit tired and D-list this year. Maybe we are running out of celebrities, or perhaps some of them are running out of new things to say about themselves.&quot;</p><p>The newspaper claims that Wayne Rooney&#39;s &pound;5m, five-volume, deal for his life story has been &quot;quietly shelved&quot;. But Weldon added: &quot;I don&#39;t think the category is dead. It is worth noting that the biggest selling authors this year will be Ant &amp; Dec, while Jeremy Clarkson, Chris Evans, Frankie Boyle and Peter Kay will also be in the top ten.&quot;</p><p>In an accompanying <a href="http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/books/... target="_blank">analysis</a>, publisher John Blake, hailed for publishing Katie Price&#39;s first autobiography, writes: &quot;There is also still a degree of snobbery from the big publishers. We are in talks with a number of pretty big names that we would not usually get, but the big publishers are not doing it any more.&quot;<br /><br />While in a <a href="http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/books/... target="_blank">comment piece</a>, former editor of <em>The Bookseller </em>Nicholas Clee adds &quot;Publishers have used up most of the interesting ones [celebrities] and are left with Frankie Boyle (whom we can be mean about, because he was mean about Rebecca Adlington). Urgently wanted: national treasures.&quot;<br /><br /> </p>