James' Man Booker triumph opens floodgates

James' Man Booker triumph opens floodgates

Offers have been "flooding in from around the world" for foreign rights to Marlon James’ A Brief History of Seven Killings following its £50,000 Man Booker Prize win.

Oneworld, the title’s UK publisher, ordered a 107,500-copy reprint after its victory.

Foreign rights have sold to Frassinelli in Italy, Albin Michel in France, Malpafo Editorial in Spain, Lebowski Publishers in the Netherlands, Eksmo in Russia and Bonnier in Sweden.

Claire Roberts, who is selling foreign rights on behalf of the Trident Group, said a "plethora" of additional deals would likely be struck at FBF. She said: "Offers have been flooding in this morning - my inbox is full with requests about foreign rights. It is a wonderful morning for Marlon and the foreign market. We are going to sell the book all over the world."

Juliet Mabey, publisher and co-owner of Oneworld, flew to Frankfurt after celebrating the triumph at a Oneworld party in London on Tuesday. She said she had been "inundated" with emails and text messages: "Of course having a Man Booker winner is incredibly exciting, but it is only human to prefer to be in the UK enjoying the buzz and excitement with my author, rather than jumping on a plane after two hours’ sleep to face a daunting schedule of meetings for the next three days. It’s a shame these two big publishing events clashed this year - but overall we can’t complain!"

She added that the indie publisher would not look to expand greatly despite the scale of its achievement. She said: "We are very happy being a boutique, artisan publisher of high-quality books. But I hope winning arguably the most prestigious literary prize in the English language will increase our profile and help us buy the books we want. I hope it’s not size that counts, but quality."