Room leads Amazon Orange sales race

Room leads Amazon Orange sales race

Amazon.co.uk has announced that Orange Prize shortlisted author Emma Donoghue’s Room (Picador) is leading sales on the website ahead of rival contenders for the award.

The Orange Prize for Fiction is revealed tomorrow (8th June). Amazon UK announced today that since the shortlist was published in April, Room has sold 470% more copies than its nearest rival, Aminatta Forna’s The Memory of Love (Bloomsbury), and twice as many as all other shortlisted titles combined.

Donoghue is also the bookies' favourite to take the prize tomorrow night.

Darren Hardy, head of books buying at Amazon.co.uk, said: "Emma Donoghue’s Room has been one of the standout books of the past year and already has a string of award nominations under its belt.

"Room has performed consistently well since being shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2010, spending more than five months in the bestseller list on Amazon.co.uk.

"A win on Wednesday night could see it shoot to the top of the book chart and attract even greater success for the author."

Room has taken 69% of all the shortlisted titles’ sales, with The Memory of Love accounting for 12%, The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht (W&N) 8%, Grace Williams Says It Loud by Emma Henderson (Sceptre), 7%, Annabel by Kathleen Winter (Jonathan Cape) 3% and Great House by Nicole Krauss (Viking) 1%.

Room has also been chosen by the six teenage members of the 2011 Orange Prize youth panel as their overall winner, announced today.

The Orange prize celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women's writing and the winner receives a cheque for £30,000.