Room leads Booker sales race, but The Slap outpaces the rest

Room leads Booker sales race, but The Slap outpaces the rest

<p>Sales of the rejected Booker longlisted books have outsold the final six shortlisted titles by a measure of almost two to one, with <em>The Slap</em> easily the biggest selling Booker contender this year.<br /><br />The favourite shortlisted title among book buyers remains <em>Room</em> (Emma Donoghue), which has sold slightly more than 32,000 copies since publication. It is well ahead of second-placed <em>The Long Song</em> (Andrea Levy) and has outsold the bookies&#39; favourite <em>C</em> (Tom McCarthy) by five copies to one.</p><p>But two rejected titles from the longlist have outsold it: <em>The Slap</em> (Christos Tsiolkas) has shifted 77,000 copies, and <em>The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet </em>(David Mitchell) 37,000. These two titles have outsold the shortlisted titles: until last week,<em> The Slap </em>alone had outpaced the entire shortlist.<br /><br />The longlist was the bestselling since records began in 1998, but with the two bestselling titles excluded, this year&#39;s shortlist has sold less than last year&#39;s crop. In total the complete longlist has sold 230,000 copies, while the shortlisted titles have contributed sales of 79,000 copies.<br /><br />However, tonight&#39;s winner can still expect a significant boost in sales. According to Nielsen BookScan data, the average sale of a Booker winning title is 400,000 led by <em>Life of Pi </em>(Yann Martel) with life sales of 1.3m. Kiran Desai&#39;s T<em>he Inheritance of Loss </em>is the worst selling winner since records began with sales of 180,000.</p>