Hager book flying off the shelves

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Nicky Hager’s controversial book, Dirty Politics, is proving a popular choice for Oamaru readers.

An Oamaru Paper Plus book sales representative, who did not want to be named, said customers were snapping up copies of the book.

“His launch was on Wednesday night and we had it in-store Thursday morning and it was sold out straight away.”

Paper Plus ordered 10 copies of the book for the rush that was expected when the book was released.

Once those books had been sold within a couple of hours of being put on sale, the store ordered another 10, which sold out on Friday morning.

“The book is proving popular, but we sort of knew that it would. We think interest in it will die out,” the book sales rep said.

It was one of three political-based books on sale in the store. John Key’s biography, which was released a few weeks earlier, proved to be a big hit.

However, the sales of a Winston Peters book had been slower.

Meanwhile, library-goers appear to be showing less interest in Mr Hager’s book, with four copies ordered for the library but no one requesting any.

Oamaru Public Library community services/deputy manager Jean Rivett said staff at the library had heard nothing from customers about Dirty Politics.

“‘There will be copies of the book available for hire soon,” she said.

The Warehouse was unavailable for comment.

By BRAYDEN LINDSAY