An article over at TheBookseller.com has some interesting statistics regarding the Man-Booker Prize long list. It states, "[t]his year's Man Booker longlist is the strongest-selling since 2001, with Christos Tsiolkas' The Slap (Tuskar Rock) by the far the most popular of the 13, according to Nielsen BookScan data."
Sales for the week of August 1 through August 7, 2010:
Tsiolkas' The Slap (Tuskar Rock), 5,001 copies sold last week
Emma Donoghue's Josef Fritzl-inspired Room (Picador), 1,422 copies sold last week
David Mitchell's The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet (Sceptre), over 1,000 copies sold last week
The article goes on to state that "[t]he least popular book last week in sales terms was Lisa Moore's February (Chatto), which sold just 105 copies—up 414% on the 36 copies it sold at UK booksellers the previous week.
Last year's winner, Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall (Fourth Estate), has sold 485,000 copies to date.... The hardback edition sold 225,000 copies, up 10,400%... on Mantel's previous novel, Beyond Black."
Labels: book sales, Christos Tsiolkas, David Mitchell, Emma Donoghue, February, Hilary Mantel, Jacob de Zoet, Lisa Moore, Long list, Man-Booker Prize, Room, The Slap, Wolf Hall