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Friday 24 November 2017

No plans to reprint Ryan's book, say publishers

GERRY RYAN'S autobiography will not be republished, despite his death.

The publishers said no more copies would be printed even though most bookshops have now sold out.

Penguin Ireland paid €100,000 for Would The Real Gerry Ryan Please Stand Up in 2008, and it was reported to be the most ever paid for a book published in Ireland.

But, the company told the Herald that it had not seen a high enough demand for Ryan's autobiography since his death, to order it to be reprinted.

Major bookshops in Dublin city such as Eason's, Waterstones, Hodges and Figgis, and Dubray Books are all sold out of the autobiography, and they say some customers were lucky enough to snap up the few remaining copies this week.

A Dubray spokeswoman said it sold its last few copies because customers came in for it "straight away".

"We've had a few requests for it, and we've currently got customer orders for it. It did well when it came out but people always take more interest in it in times like this," she said.

The autobiography, in which Ryan did not reveal anything about his marriage break-up with Morah, went out of print at the end of last year.

Ryan's book was a "steady seller" according to booksellers, but when the news of his death broke a week ago demand immediately soared.

A spokeswoman for Penguin Ireland confirmed yesterday that the book would not be re-released.

"We have no plans to reprint as our customers have advised us that there isn't a significant rise in demand for the book at this time.

"The book is out of print and we've no plans to reprint it."

The book sold just 10,000 copies in its first four months, but Penguin said it had been a "steady seller" since.

hnews@herald.ie

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