Commercial prospects for Booker winners uneven

John Ezard’s look at the wide variation in sales of past Booker prize winners is notable mainly because it highlights one of my favorite books:

In 25 or so years’ time Hollinghurst could still be selling 7,600 copies worth £52,000 a year as — astonishingly — is the 1978 winner, Iris Murdoch’s The Sea, The Sea. This is a rate of continuing popularity which almost all of today’s authors would give their eye teeth to equal.


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