Beckham Baby Name Sparks Surge In Sales For “To Kill A Mockingbird”
Harper Seven Beckham is only a week old, but the girl’s already inspiring the masses.
The apple doesn’t fall far from the fashionista!
David and Victoria Beckham have sparked a surge in sales for To Kill A Mockingbird after naming their first daughter after the book’s author. Since Harper’s big debut, sales for the classic novel have jumped 123% on Amazon.
When David and Victoria Beckham announced the name they’d selected for their long-awaited baby girl, we cynics chose to focus on the oddness of the middle name — Seven– and how it might’ve been stolen from an episode of Seinfeld. Other folks focused on the first name, Harper. Victoria chose that moniker as a tribute to the reclusive writer who penned her favorite book, the 1960 literary classic To Kill a Mockingbird.
“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,” Becks explained in a video message this week. “One reason is Harper’s an old English name which we loved and one of the other reasons was Victoria’s favorite 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.”
But wait…Didn’t Victoria once famously declare that she’d never, ever?
“I haven’t read a book in my life…I don’t have the time. I prefer listening to music, although I do love fashion magazines,” VB told the UK’s The Guardian way back in 2005.
So either Becks is fibbing or VB has picked up the novel sometime in the past six years. We’re hoping the latter!
If its been a while since you took 10th grade English, the Pulitzer Prize winning book, loosely based on events from Lee’s own childhood, tells the story of widowed lawyer Atticus Finch, who defends a black man accused of raping a young white woman. Narrated by his six-year-old daughter Scout – said to be the inspiration for Demi Moore and Bruce Willis’ daughter of the same name, incidentally – the book was adapted into an Oscar-winning film in 1962.