The Man Booker Prize website has been revamped in time for the announcement of this year’s longlist on Wednesday. There are interviews with Kazuo Ishiguro and Sarah Waters and a video of Julian Barnes talking about his novel, The Sense of an Ending, which won last year.
The value of the prize to an author goes way beyond the prestige and the monetary prize of £50,000, as the effect on book sales can be immense. Take 2009’s winner Hilary Mantel. Her previous three hardback releases shifted an average of 3,877 copies in their first two months. Following Wolf Hall’s triumph at the Man Booker, her latest release has sold over 76,000 copies in the same time. The Bookseller magazine is full of interesting facts and figures!