Booker's global influence

<p>The article "Booker: still number one?" (The Bookseller, 16th September) entirely misses one of the key elements in the status and success of the prize.</p><p>While we are delighted to see how numbers sold of longlisted and the final shortlisted titles have risen considerably, the main achievement of the prize is its influence and standing round most of the world. So, for example, it is not just that it gets large coverage in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal but the San Francisco Chronicle and Fort Lauderdale Gazette both give the prize wide publicity. All the Commonwealth coun...

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