Man-Booker Winner to be Announced Later Today

On the heels of the Nobel Prize for Literature, many in the book world are now waiting on pins and needles to see who the winner of this years prestigious Man-Booker Prize will be. Of the six authors up for the award, only one has won previously.


In betting circles, Tom McCarthy's C is still, by far, the front runner, followed by Emma Donoghue's Room and Damon Galgut's In a Strange Room.  Peter Carey, with two Booker Prizes under his belt, for Oscar and Lucinda (1988) and True History of the Kelly Gang (2001), is not quite this year's long shot, but is coming in near the back of the pack with Parrot and Olivier in America.


Also nominated are The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson, which has gotten hugely positive reviews despite the fact that it had a difficult time finding a publisher in the U.S. and is being released (today) in paperback only, and The Long Song by Andrea Levy, which is this year's long shot.


So far, the book that has gotten the biggest boost from being shortlisted appears to be Emma Donoghue's Room which made it into O Magazine while still on the long list and has had prominent display at the major bookstores since its release here in the U.S.  And while I don't know the sales numbers for the U.S., it tops the U.K. sales over the next highest short-listed book, The Finkler Question, by more than double.


Last year's winner Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel went on to be an international best-seller. On the collectible front, signed first editions list for between $150 (Henry Holt & Co, NY, 2009) and $800 (Fourth Estate, London, 2009).


Of the six shortlisted this year, Damon Galgut's In a Strange Room, still appears to be the most collectible with U.K. firsts (Published by Atlantic, London, 2010) listing from $50 - $100 (unsigned); $160 (signed).


C by Tom McCarthy is listing for about $50 for the U.S. first (signed); and anywhere from $50 to $500 for the U.K. (true first) signed edition. (On average though, it lists for about $80, signed). Unsigned copies are listing for just below the cover price for both U.K. and U.S. editions. According to McCarthy's publisher, sales for C have been much lower than expected.


The Finkler Question lists for $70-$120 (signed); up to $25 (unsigned). 


Room tops out at $650 for the signed limited edition (published by Picador in the U.K.), $150 for the signed Canadian first, and $115 for the signed U.S. first. Unsigned, it lists for at or below the cover price.


Parrot and Olivier tops out at around $200 for the signed U.K. first, around $100 for the signed U.S. first, and lists for at or below the cover price for unsigned copies.


Long Song lists, on average, for about $125 for the signed U.K. first, and $50 for unsigned firsts from both U.K. and U.S.



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