Sales of To Kill A Mockingbird rise by 123 per cent

Sales of To Kill A Mockingbird rise by 123 per cent after David and Victoria Beckham name their daughter after Harper Lee

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 9:45 AM on 19th July 2011

Sales of To Kill A Mockingbird have risen by an astonishing 123 per cent on after David and Victoria Beckham chose to name their daughter after its author Harper Lee.

The novel, which was first published in 1960, rose to number 38 in the bestsellers charts after the power couple’s naming of their little girl prompted fans to read the classic book.

Talking about how they chose the name earlier this week, David said in a video on his Facebook page they had decided on Harper after Lee, who is Victoria’s favourite author.

Inspiration: Sales of To Kill A Mockingbird rose by 123 per cent over the weekend as David and Victoria Beckham revealed they had named their daughter after the author Harper Lee

Popular: David said in a Facebook message that the novel is Victoria’s favourite
He said: ‘A lot of thought goes into our children’s names and Harper was a name that we’ve loved for a long time for a couple of reasons.

‘One reason is Harper’s an old English name which we loved and one of the other reasons was Victoria’s favourite book is To Kill A Mockingbird and the author was Harper Lee. It’s a very strong, passionate book. That’s where Harper came from.’

The revelation that it is Victoria’s favourite book may surprise some fans, because it was widely thought she had never read a book.

However in an interview six years ago, she insisted she did read books, but didn’t usually get a chance to finish them due to her busy schedule.

Over the weekend, proud new father David took a picture of Victoria and Harper as they slept.

He also posted the touching picture on Facebook, gushing, ‘I took this picture of my two girls sleeping…’

A similar picture was posted by Victoria on Twitter and the footballer couldn’t look any more tender as he cradled his daughter.

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