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Beckhams inspire Harper Lee sales surge

20th July 2011

David and Victoria Beckham have revealed their new baby girl, Harper Seven, is named after Harper Lee, author of Victoria's favourite book To Kill a Mockingbird, which has resulted in a significant rise in sales of the novel.

The Beckhams generated speculation last week over who their first daughter is named after, but David put this to rest by confirming on his official Facebook page that the US author was the inspiration for the name.

'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 by Harper Lee. It's a very strong, passionate book. That's where Harper came from,' he revealed.

The naming of the baby has led to a surge in sales of the book, with a 120 per cent rise last week alone.

Victoria is an avid reader and revealed in a 2005 interview that she tries to read as much as possible but often struggles to finish novels due to her busy schedule. 

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