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Victoria Beckham’s Chosen Baby Name Doubles Book Sales, But Did the Beckhams Lie About the Origin?

Victoria Beckham bookBy now, we all know that David and Victoria Beckham's latest bundle of joy will live her very likely super-chic life with the kind of wacky name that only a celebrity or an egomaniac* could give their kid: Harper Seven.

Posh and Becks have rattled on and on about the reasoning and deep personal meaning behind the Hollywood-goes-South double name: Beckham's jersey number is 7, and 7 is a magical, wonderful lucky number, and Victoria's favorite novel is To Kill a Mockingbird ("a very strong, passionate book," according to Becks) by Harper Lee. There's so much meaning you could choke on it.

Once the Beckham's revealed that To Kill a Mockingbird was a primary source of inspiration for their latest baby name, sales of the novel DOUBLED over the weekend and the publishing industry got a little closer to figuring out how to sell books.

There's one problem: an eagle-eyed media observer remembered that in a 2005 interview with the Guardian, Victoria Beckham proudly declared her abstinence from the whole reading thing: “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.”

Even if that was hyperbole, and Victoria Beckham has read, say, a handful of books, it's weird to imagine that the American high school curriculum staple about racial inequality in the Deep South would be one of the few books the British-born (and raised) fashion fanatic had read. This would be a bizarre thing to lie about, but the more I think about it, the more it seems that Posh's baby name explanation can't be the whole truth.

I'm at a loss here, anyone have any idea what's going on? [editor's note: Harper's Bazaar perhaps?]

Victoria Beckham Raises Book Sales – Styleite

Victoria Beckham Baby Girl News – Vogue UK


Above, Victoria Beckham engages in two uncharacteristic behaviors: reading and smiling.

* Joke, because obviously all celebrities are egomaniacs. Did you know that celebs score well above average on the Narcissistic Personality Inventory? That news should not come as a surprise to anyone with even passing interest in human beings.