First Edition Books - The Man Booker Prize Winner 2010The Man Booker Prize Winner 2010 is Howard Jacobson with The Finkler Question
The shortlist of 6 books for the Booker best novel of the year award in the UK was
Peter Carey - Parrot and Olivier in America
Emma Donoghue - Room: A Novel
Damon Galgut - In a Strange Room
Howard Jacobson - The Finkler Question: A Novel
Andrea Levy - The Long Song: A Novel
Tom McCarthy - C
(Jonathan Cape - Random House) - this was favourite and one bookie suspended betting on it. (NB - The favourite never wins the Booker Prize - how odd)
Widely recognized as the most readable list for a number of years.
From first editions collector point of view it would have been better to have a first time author winning the prize, as it an author's first novel that is the most collectable.
As far as sales are concerned the winner can expect to sell upwards of 300,000 copies - the others in the region of 200,000.
As for sales before the Booker Prize was announced -
Room sold almost 2,500 copies last week according to the Nielsen BookScan charts, making it 14th in the original fiction bestseller chart, with total sales of 27,300.
Andrea Levy's The Long Song was second with total sales of 17,800.
Peter Carey's Parrot and Olivier in America, at 8,900, is in third place.
Peter Carey has already won the prize twice, in 1988 for Oscar and Lucinda and in 2001 for True History of the Kelly Gang. If he wins the 2010 prize he will be the only author to have won the Man Booker Prize three times. He was also shortlisted for Illywhacker in 1985.
Damon Galgut was shortlisted for his book The Good Doctor in 2003.
Howard Jacobson was longlisted twice before, for Kalooki Nights in 2006 and Who's Sorry Now? in 2002.
Irish author Emma Donoghue is the youngest author on the shortlist.
The winner receives a cheque for £50,000 and worldwide recognition. Last year's winning novel, Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, has sold over half a million copies in the UK, more worldwide. Each of the shortlisted authors, receives £2,500 and a designer bound edition of their shortlisted book.
As an aside I wonder when they will start acepting ebooks on the Man Booker Prize?
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