Well done to Howard Jacobson for winning the Man Booker Prize. I’m going to confess my ignorance and admit I’ve never read any of his books, but . . . well, there it is. So he wins a big pot of cash as a prize and now there’s going to be a print run of 150000 copies of the book in anticipation of the renewed interest in the The Finkler Question, which is fantastic for Jacobson. Oh yeah, winning the Man Booker is more than just winning a prize – it’s a ticket to more sales and thousands of people reading your book.
On a less optimistic note, last night’s BBC News article about the prize gave us a few factoids including the information that the average writer in the UK earns just £4000 a year.
So, I won’t be picking out colours for the Ferrari just yet.
- Howard Jacobson wins Man Booker prize for ‘The Finkler Question’ (thejc.com)
- “Howard Jacobson wins Booker Prize: comedy triumphs” and related posts (weblogs.baltimoresun.com)
- Booker prize 2010: is Howard Jacobson a worthy winner? (guardian.co.uk)