Emma Donoghue's Room (Picador) has added another accolade to its Man Booker shortlisting and Orange-longlisting after receiving the vote of "TV Book Club" viewers as their favourite spring read of the 10 titles.
The second most popular title was Daisy Goodwin¹s My Last Duchess (Headline Review), and in third was Tiger Hills by Sarita Mandanna (Phoenix). The public voted for the titles via the Channel 4 website between 16th January and 28th March.
After Room appeared on the show on 16th January, it reached number one on the Official UK Top 50, spending three weeks in the top spot.
Amanda Ross, Cactus TV m.d. said "Room is a fantastic book and Emma Donoghue deserves her success. It has gripped the audience and sold very well, so it's not surprising our viewers voted it the Best Read of this series. It's great to be able to help all our shortlisted books get out to a wider audience, especially the new writers, and receive the sales uplift they deserve."
Paul Baggaley, Picador publisher, said: "I am hugely grateful to the 'TV Book Club' for bringing Emma Donoghue's extraordinary and brilliant book, Room, to an even wider readership. What is particularly wonderful is that this is the choice of readers, and that their recommendation has made this the word-of-mouth success we always hoped for."
Room has also benefited this year from an Orange longlisting boost, and being picked as one of WHS' Richard & Judy Book Club.
Room has already eclipsed sales of the other titles on the spring season of the TV Book Club, garnering sales of just shy of 213,000 copies over the 11-week period, more than double the next most popular purchase, Andrea Levy's The Long Song (Headline). Almost £3m has been spent on the 10 in 2011.