Sales Rising for Booker Winner

After winning the Man Booker Award last night, The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson shot up to #10 on Amazon’s sales rankings (it had been at #1,086 before the announcement).

The Daily Beast examines the impact of the award on sales in The Power of the Booker. Although it’s a British prize and is not open to Americans, it sells more books in the U.S. than our own homegrown awards (like the National Book Awards; candidates will be announced at noon today).

Jacobson appeared on the BBC Breakfast show today; link here to see a very happy winner.

Earlier, Jacobson talked about his ambition to write the “funniest book ever” on the BBC’s Review Show, followed by a heated debate over the book’s merits by several reviewers, including Germaine Greer (who does not love it).

Jacobson was longlisted for the Booker in 2006 for Kalooki Nights (S&S) and in 2002 for Who’s Sorry Now (not in print in the U.S.).

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