The Newest Beckham Drives Sales of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’


File this under strange but true: The Beckhams recently named their newborn daughter Harper Seven in honor of famed author (and beloved literary recluse) Harper Lee, and The Daily Mail is reporting that as a result, sales of To Kill a Mockingbird — which is currently sitting pretty at number 38 on the UK’s best-seller list — have increased by 123 percent on Amazon UK. “A lot of thought goes into our children’s names and Harper was a name that we’ve loved for a long time for a couple of reasons,” David Beckham recently explained in a video on his Facebook page. “One reason is Harper’s an old English name which we loved and one of the other reasons was Victoria’s favorite book is To Kill A Mockingbird and the author was Harper Lee. It’s a very strong, passionate book. That’s where Harper came from.” Are you as surprised as we are that Victoria Beckham has as favorite book… and that it’s a book without pictures? More importantly, what do you reckon Lee will think of this tribute from a celebrity couple who seem to embody everything that she’s been hiding out from all of these years? [via The Cut]