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Corby may not see money from bestseller

By Peter Lalor

February 02, 2007 02:00am

Article from: The Australian

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SCHAPELLE Corby's tell-all book continues to be a top-10 bestseller, but the convicted drug smuggler may never see a cent from its publication.

Latest Nielsen Bookscan figures show Corby has sold almost 90,000 copies of My Story since its release in November.

A standard royalty rate would earn her and co-author Katherine Bonella almost $200,000, but details of the payments are being kept secret for fear the Federal Government will invoke its proceeds of crime legislation and seize the money from publishers Pan Macmillan.

The book is copyrighted to Corby's sister Mercedes and Bonella and it is believed the money will be used to fund the legal fight against her drug-trafficking sentence.

Corby's description in the book of Bali's Kerobokan prison as a "disgusting slum" appears to be behind last month's decision by Indonesian authorities to transfer her to east Java.

She has served one year in Kerobokan of her 20-year sentence for smuggling 4.1kg of cannabis into Indonesia. Corby's sister lives in Bali and she will be isolated in east Java.

The new book sales figures indicate that interest in her case has not diminished.

But while Australian readers are keen on prison stories, they are much keener on keeping a clean house. The ABC's Spotless, a book of household cleaning hints, is still selling 2000 copies a week and is closing in on 300,000 sales.

General Peter Cosgrove's book, which shares a title with Corby's, has edged past the other big non-fiction release, Chris Masters's unauthorised biography of Alan Jones, Jonestown.

Les Carlyon's The Great War has outsold both, with sales of more than 73,000.

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