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Pippa commits her party credentials to print

After participating in one of the biggest celebratory events in recent history, you can't blame Pippa Middleton for riding a Royal wave and releasing a book on events and celebrations.

Celebrate: A Year of Festivities for Families is to be published by Penguin's Michael Joseph imprint on October 30 but is already available for on-line pre-order.

Penguin describe Celebrate as "a useful, practical and inspiring journey into British-themed occasions, focusing on tradition and ritual and the importance of bringing friends and family together."

Imprint Michael Joseph is known for handling Penguin's "highly commercial" authors and books and there are reports that Middleton negotiated a six figure sum for the book.

And in defence of the claim that she is cashing in on her royal connections, her family does run a party business, Party Pieces, and the 28-year-old is reported to have delayed the release of the book to avoid the Queen's Jubilee celebrations.

With the release of the cover, much commentary has focused on how many times Middleton's photo appears on the patchwork-style cover (four) and whether she can justify her request to be treated as a "private citizen" when she is responsible for a book that will be read around the world.

Celebrate: A Year of Festivities for Families, hardcover, selling from $31.50 up to $50.

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