Former Prime Minister Dame Jacinda Ardern is rumoured to be about to sign a mega-million dollar book deal for her biography.
Book publisher Penguin is reported to be the frontrunner for the New Zealand and Australian rights to her official biography following a massive bidding war with international publishing houses.
But Penguin wouldn’t confirm they had won the rights for the book when asked by NZ Herald.
“I don’t think I can talk about that. Who’s suggested that you get in touch with me about this?” Penguin Random House New Zealand head of publishing Claire Murdoch said.
“I’m not in a position to comment on this. I don’t think I can say anything about it. Presumably, there’s one very obvious person to talk to about this.”
Dame Jacinda is yet to comment on the rumours and her executive assistant also kept quiet when asked by NZ Herald.
It’s understood, Dame Jacinda’s biography could get anywhere between $1 million and $1.5m, according to NZ Herald.
Time Out Bookstore Manager Jenna Todd told Newstalk ZB on Friday there’ll be a lot of talk about the book and wouldn’t have any issues selling.
Todd added the book would also have lots of international appeal, given her reputation around the globe.
Daily Mail UK reports the publisher would need to sell at least 100,000 copies of the book to break even on a $1m deal.
There have been several books written about the former-Prime Minister, but none have been her official biography.
In 2020, The Spinoff’s Madeleine Chapman wrote Jacinda Ardern, A New Kind of Leader while fellow journalist Michelle Duff penned Jacinda Ardern: The Story Behind an Extraordinary Leader.
A year later, activist and journalist Supriya Vani and writer Carl A Harte published Jacinda Ardern: Leading with Empathy.
Book publisher Penguin has previously published Taking the Lead, How Jacinda Ardern Wowed the World.
Dame Jacinda shocked many by announcing her resignation as Prime Minister in January, saying she didn’t have enough fuel in the tank to do another term.
In April, she announced her next career move, confirming she would be joining the prestigious Harvard University in Boston for a semester.
There, she will be a Hauser Leader in the Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership and 2023’s Angelopoulos Global Public Leaders Fellow.
She has since been named a special envoy to the Christchurch Call and joined the Earthshot board as a trustee.