Friday, July 31, 2009

Sarah Waters way ahead in Booker sales race
30.07.09 Katie Allen and Philip Stone in The Bookseller

Sarah Waters’ The Little Stranger is the most popular title of those books from the Booker longlist currently available, with sales almost double those of its nearest rival. The Booker 'dozen' was announced on Tuesday (28th July), with the trade hailing the list as "strong" and likely to draw "new readers into bookshops".
Waters’ latest historical novel, published in May by Virago, has already chalked up sales of 27,005, almost double the sales of its nearest rival Me Cheeta which has sold 14,305 since it release in October 2008. Third in line is Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, which has sold 14,092 since April this year, followed by The Children’s Book by A S Byatt with 12,202 since May. Brooklyn by Colm Toibin has so far picked up sales of 9,405, The Wilderness by Samantha Harvey 7,445, How to Paint a Dead Man by Sarah Hall at 1,221 and Adam Foulds’ The Quickening Maze with sales of 1,057.

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