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Man Booker shortlist doubles sales

2nd October 2009

Sales of the Man Booker finalists have more than doubled the figure achieved by last year's shortlist, it has been reported.

As the countdown to the prize's October 6th climax continues, the Bookseller revealed that the six shortlisted titles have sold a combined 24,884 copies since September 8th.

The 2008 shortlist achieved sales of only 10,967 over the equivalent period, less than half that of the current crop.

During the past week, 6,632 copies of the 2009 contenders' books have been sold, compared to 3,256 for last year's shortlist.

Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall has been the most popular Man Booker finalist this week, selling 2,801 copies.

However, the publication also revealed that longlisted title Me Cheeta by James Lever has sold more copies than three of the shortlisted works: Adam Foulds' The Quickening Maze , The Glass Room by Simon Mawer and JM Coetzee's Summertime.

Commenting on the competition's eventual winner, Man Booker chair James Naughtie said: 'The choice will be a difficult one. There is thundering narrative, great inventiveness, poetry and sharp human insight in abundance.'

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