The Man-Booker Short List was announced this week, ruffling few literary figures’ feathers as the list was called by the Guardian as “the most eccentric in recent years”.
The shortlist of five novels:
The original Longlist raised several eyebrows when it was announced back in July, as four debut novels joined established award winners like Sebastien Barry and Alan Hollinghurst.
However, only two debuts, A.D Miller’s Snowdrops and Stephan Kelman’s Pigeon English made the shortlist and even acclaimed authors like Sebastien Barry and Alan Hollinghurst (who had previously won the award) where left outside in the cold.
According to the Nielsen BookScan’s study of sales figures of all books longlisted since 1998 (the award was first given in 1969), all authors longlisted authors have seen a boost in sales figures but the winners far outstrip their competitors.
In 2002, winner Yann Martel’s Life of Pi far outstripped the author in second place Arundhati Roy (The God Of Small Things), selling over 1.3m copies so far.
Of the current longlist, newcomer Patrick Guinness’ The Last Hundred Days has jumped in sales since the end of July selling 2601 books up from 64 units beforehand.