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Lewinsky To Open Britain Book Tour

March 8, 1999

LONDON (AP) _ Monica Lewinsky, the world’s most famous intern, is in Britain for a two-week tour to promote ``Monica’s Story,″ her just-published authorized biography.

Ms. Lewinsky arrived Sunday at London’s Heathrow airport on a supersonic Concorde flight from New York.

Dressed in black and wearing a leather jacket with dark glasses around her neck, she was driven from the airport without making any comment to waiting reporters.

Ms. Lewinsky will be autographing copies of her book at 19 stores ranging from Bristol, England, to Edinburgh, Scotland.

Her first appearance was to be at the London department store Harrods today.

``Monica’s Story,″ written by Princess Diana collaborator Andrew Morton and chronicling Ms. Lewinsky’s affair with President Clinton, climbed quickly to the top of some Internet best seller lists upon its release last week, although British bookstores reported only moderate sales.

But even if the books aren’t disappearing from the shelves, interest certainly is high in the book tour, which will take her from some of London’s largest bookstores to quiet British towns bracing themselves for the onslaught of attention.

Jena Bevan, manager of Ottakar’s bookstore in Salisbury, a southwest England cathedral city 140 miles from London, said she was ``in shock″ when Ms. Lewinsky’s visit was confirmed.

``We are a good bookshop, but we are in a quiet, small town,″ she said. ``The local press are going mad.″

Harrods, which is more used to famous visitors, is taking the visit in its stride. Still, the store has warned members of the media to consider arriving as much as two hours early to ensure a prime viewing spot.

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