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The Slap leads Man Booker longlist sales

13th August 2010

The current Man Booker longlist is the best-selling since 2001, with Christos Tsiolkas' The Slap taking an early lead.

Figures from Nielsen BookScan reveal that Tsiolkas' novel, which deals with the fallout after a man slaps the young child of another couple at a barbecue, sold just over 5,000 copies in the week ending August 7th.

This means that The Slap has sold more than three times as well as the next most popular title on the 13-strong longlist, Emma Donoghue's Room, which moved 1,422 copies last week.

Andre Breedt, research and development analyst at Nielsen BookScan, told the BBC: 'The selection committee of the Booker Prize appear to have deliberately tried to select more commercially feasible titles in the list and it's reflected in the sales.'

In 2001, the Man Booker longlist boasted 24 titles, including Ian McEwan's Atonement and Philip Pullman's The Amber Spyglass, leading to high total sales.

Announcing the 'Man Booker Dozen' on July 27th, judging panel chair Sir Andrew Motion said all 13 novels are 'exceptional' and have the ability to both 'provoke and entertain'.

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