Cover Stories: Clinton on tour; Connery's autobiography

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Sales of Bill Clinton's My Life are already approaching two million. Perhaps he'll even earn his colossal advance. To be on the safe side, the former president is popping over next week for further puffs. Following in Hillary's footsteps, he'll grace the sofas of Richard and Judy, and Frost, and of fellow politician-turned-pundit, Alastair Campbell. Diehard fans should battle their way to Waterstone's Piccadilly at 1pm on Monday, where he'll be signing, and shifting, more books. There is, however, no respite for the hand that signs books and, er, wields cigars. At a grand party at the Guildhall later, Clinton will be shaking the hands of a few hundred of his closest media friends. Surely now he'll oust Gazza from the No 1 slot?

Sales of Bill Clinton's My Life are already approaching two million. Perhaps he'll even earn his colossal advance. To be on the safe side, the former president is popping over next week for further puffs. Following in Hillary's footsteps, he'll grace the sofas of Richard and Judy, and Frost, and of fellow politician-turned-pundit, Alastair Campbell. Diehard fans should battle their way to Waterstone's Piccadilly at 1pm on Monday, where he'll be signing, and shifting, more books. There is, however, no respite for the hand that signs books and, er, wields cigars. At a grand party at the Guildhall later, Clinton will be shaking the hands of a few hundred of his closest media friends. Surely now he'll oust Gazza from the No 1 slot?

The autobiography that the actor Sean Connery said that he'd never write was this week bought by HarperCollins, in a deal negotiated between Caroline Michel and agent "Mega" Mort Janklow, whose clients include Sarah Ferguson and the Pope. He long ago said he could sell the project for at least $6m, but figures are not now being discussed. The book, which will be ghosted (Connery is still talking to possible candidates), will be published in 2006. The Oscar-winning actor admits the task ahead is "scary, but utterly exhilarating". Once voted "the Sexiest Man Alive" by People magazine, he will write about his rags-to-riches life in film, as well as his charitable and political concerns.

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