Random House makes Jacobson a Vintage Classic

Random House makes Jacobson a Vintage Classic

<p>Random House has revealed plans to publish Howard Jacobson&#39;s 2006 title <em>Kalooki Nights</em> as a Vintage Classic, as the Man Booker-winner received the biggest ever sales boost from the prize since records began.</p><p>Sales of <em>The Finkler Question</em> (Bloomsbury) jumped 1,920% week-on-week across all print formats, trumping previous record holder Aravind Adiga&#39;s <em>The White Tiger</em> which enjoyed a 1,650% fillip upon winning the prize in 2008. <em>The Finkler Question&#39;s</em> 12,649 copy sale last week was the second largest from a Man Booker winner in a week, 5,000 down on 2009 winner Hilary Mantel&#39;s <em>Wolf Hall </em>(Fourth Estate) in the equivalent week.</p><p>RH will be publishing <em>Kalooki Nights</em> as a Vintage Classic, aiming for a January release alongside eight further rejacketed Vintage backlist titles.</p><p>Rachel Cugnoni, deputy publisher for CCV, said they would &quot;hopefully be coming out in January to coincide with <em>The Mighty Walzer</em> on Radio 4&#39;s Bookclub. . . I&#39;ve thought for a long time that Jacobson should be in Classics, and his winning the Booker is a perfect springboard [for that]. We do very carefully choose one title from living authors who have reached a certain status, and <em>Kalooki Nights</em> is widely credited as being his best book. The look for Classics is very spare, elegant, an entirely separate design to the other rejacketings in Vintage.&quot;</p><p>Cugnoni outlined the feel for the new Vintage designs as being &quot;jackets with a dignity to them and an element of wit&mdash;a bit of jauntiness but no slapstick.&quot;<br /><br />Jacobson himself said: &quot;I was described as &#39;a veteran novelist&#39; when I was on the Man Booker shortlist. Now I&#39;m about to be a Vintage Classic. Is someone trying to tell me something? In fact, I love Vintage Classics and have written introductions to two of them&mdash;Joseph Heller&#39;s <em>Catch-22 </em>and D H Lawrence&#39;s <em>Women in Love</em>. That&#39;s some company to join!&quot;</p><p>Bloomsbury, Jacobson&#39;s current publisher, now has 200,000 copies of the winning title in print across all English language markets. Publicity director Katie Bond said: &quot;Jacobson is attracting enormous media interest everywhere&mdash;his profile in the <em>New York Times</em> was a huge accolade. It seems to me that the Booker is getting bigger every year.&quot;</p>