According to the Telegraph, the 39-year-old’s paperback, ‘The Bench,’ may not be put on display at bookstores at all, as it’s believed that there’s already been a disagreement between Waterstones, and its publisher.
Reportedly, Meghan’s publisher, Penguin Random House (PRH), has limited credit that goes towards the high street chain, which means that they can only purchase a certain amount of copies.
In response, Waterstones has pulled a huge number of Penguin’s titles from its display cases in stores across the UK.
As a result, a minimal number of the publication’s books will be visible to customers, which could affect sales.
But Waterstones has defended its decision to remove titles, as it’s been argued that it’s an issue of safeguarding stock and not a protest against Penguin.
Reportedly, a representative of the chain commented: “We are not boycotting PRH titles but we are doing our utmost to ensure that availability for customers remains good despite the lower overall levels of stock.
“We do this generally by giving their titles less prominent positioning within our bookshops.
“Waterstones are currently operating with reduced credit terms from PRH, the only publisher in the UK to place any limitations on our ability to trade.”
‘The Bench’ was penned by Meghan after she became inspired by a poem she wrote for her husband, from their son Archie, on Father’s Day.
Opening up about it, she said: “‘The Bench’ started as a poem I wrote for my husband on Father’s Day, the month after Archie was born. That poem became this story.
“Christian layered in beautiful and ethereal watercolour illustrations that capture the warmth, joy, and comfort of the relationship between fathers and sons from all walks of life.
“This representation was particularly important to me and Christian and I worked closely to depict this special bond through an inclusive lens.
“My hope is that ‘The Bench’ resonates with every family, no matter the make up, as much as it does with me.”
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