How to Win the Man Booker Prize – in Charts

Earlier this week 28-year-old New Zealand author Eleanor Catton was announced as the winner of the 2013 Man Booker Prize for her second novel, The Luminaries. This is the last year that entry in the prize will be limited to British, Irish and Commonwealth writers. From 2014 the rules will be amended with any novel that is written in English and released in Britain being eligible for the award.

For anyone with an eye on the prize for 2014 and beyond, these charts were compiled by Adam Frost and James Kynvin for the Guardian. They looked at more than 40 years’ worth of data to find the formula for Man Booker prize success.

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The Man Booker Prize
The Man Booker Prize was launched in 1969. It aims to promote the finest in fiction by rewarding the best novel of the year (up until 2013 this was restricted to works written by a citizen of the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland). Judges are chosen from a wide range of disciplines and include critics, writers and academics, as well as poets, politicians and actors.

The winner of the Man Booker Prize receives £50,000, with all of the shortlisted authors receiving a cheque for £2500 and a designer bound copy of their book. The winner and the shortlisted authors also enjoy a dramatic increase in book sales worldwide; Yann Martel’s Life of Pi saw a 3320 per cent increase in sales after winning the prize in 2002.

For more Man Booker Prize wisdom read advice from Peter Carey and Hilary Mantel, both of whom are two-time winners.

 


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