The Man Booker Prize 2011 was awarded to Julian Barnes on 18 October for his novel The Sense of an Ending.
All six shortlisted works have been experiencing the biggest bump in sales the Booker prize has seen.
The latest data from Nielsen Bookscan clearly demonstrates this Booker effect. In the week following the prize ceremony, Barnes' novel sold 14,534 copies, almost twice as many as AD Miller's Snowdrops (7,684), which has been this year's Booker success story so far. In the week before the win (to 15 October), The Sense of an Ending sold only 2,535 copies.
The shortlisted books have all benefited from their Booker approval. Weekly sales of all five runners up increased considerably in the days following Barnes' win, while sales of the other seven longlisted novels tailed off.
AD Miller's Snowdrops is still ahead, selling 51,944 copies overall (worth £340,958.38) to 22 October and outselling all other longlisted books, including The Sense of an Ending (though that and Alan Hollinghurst's The Stranger's Child have raised more revenue).
Will winning the Booker Prize guarantee Barnes a long-term boom in sales? We've pulled together the latest sales figures of all 44 winners of the title since its inception in 1969 (the prize was a tie in 1974 and again in 1992).
Nielsen's data runs from 1998 onwards, so sales of older books aren't directly comparable, but the runaway winner of recent years is Life of Pi by Yann Martel, which won in 2002 and has taken over £9.5m and sold 1.3m copies so far. That's almost twice as much as Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall, in second place with sales of £5m (587,851 units). Sales of this year's shortlist pale by comparison.
And if you really have your heart set on a Booker, the words to include in the title of your novel are Sea, Ha, God, Tiger, Late, Life and Road, as our Wordle shows.
Check out the spreadsheet for sales figures of all the previous winners, as well as links to the Guardian's book pages, reviews and data on the 2010 and 2011 shortlists. Let's see what you can do.
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|Julian Barnes||The Sense of an Ending||Jonathan Cape - Random House|
|Sebastian Barry||On Canaan's Side||Faber|
|Carol Birch||Jamrach's Menagerie||Canongate Books|
|Patrick deWitt||The Sisters Brothers||Granta|
|Esi Edugyan||Half Blood Blues||Serpent's Tail – Profile|
|Yvette Edwards||A Cupboard Full of Coats||Oneworld|
|Alan Hollinghurst||The Stranger's Child||Picador - Pan Macmillan|
|Stephen Kelman||Pigeon English||Bloomsbury|
|Patrick McGuinness||The Last Hundred Days||Seren Books|
|Alison Pick||Far to Go||Headline Review|
|Jane Rogers||The Testament of Jessie Lamb||Sandstone Press|
|DJ Taylor||Derby Day||Chatto & Windus - Random House|
Shortlisted books in bold
|1969||PH Newby||Something To Answer For||Faber & Faber|
|1970||Bernice Rubens||The Elected Member||Eyre & Spottiswoode|
|1971||VS Naipaul||In a Free State||Deutsch|
|1972||John Berger||G||Weidenfeld & Nicolson|
|1973||JG Farrell||The Siege of Krishnapur||Weidenfeld & Nicolson|
|1974||Nadine Gordimer||The Conservationist||Jonathan Cape|
|1975||Ruth Prawer Jhabvala||Heat and Dust||John Murray|
|1976||David Storey||Saville||Jonathan Cape|
|1977||Paul Scott||Staying On||William Heinemann|
|1978||Iris Murdoch||The Sea, The Sea||Chatto & Windus|
|1980||William Golding||Rites of Passage||Faber & Faber|
|1981||Salman Rushdie||Midnight's Children||Jonathan Cape|
|1982||Thomas Keneally||Schindler's Ark||Hodder & Stoughton|
|1983||JM Coetzee||Life & Times of Michael K||Secker & Warburg|
|1984||Anita Brookner||Hotel du Lac||Jonathan Cape|
|1985||Keri Hulme||The Bone People||Hodder & Stoughton|
|1986||Kingsley Amis||The Old Devils||Hutchinson|
|1987||Penelope Lively||Moon Tiger||Deutsch|
|1988||Peter Carey||Oscar and Lucinda||Faber & Faber|
|1989||Kazuo Ishiguro||The Remains of the Day||Faber & Faber|
|1990||AS Byatt||Possession||Chatto & Windus|
|1991||Ben Okri||The Famished Road||Jonathan Cape|
|1992||Michael Ondaatje||The English Patient||Bloomsbury|
|1992||Barry Unsworth||Sacred Hunger||Hamish Hamilton|
|1993||Roddy Doyle||Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha||Secker & Warburg|
|1994||James Kelman||How Late It Was, How Late||Secker & Warburg|
|1995||Pat Barker||The Ghost Road||Viking|
|1996||Graham Swift||Last Orders||Picador|
|1997||Arundhati Roy||The God of Small Things||Flamingo|
|1998||Ian McEwan||Amsterdam||Jonathan Cape|
|1999||JM Coetzee||Disgrace||Secker & Warburg|
|2000||Margaret Atwood||The Blind Assassin||Bloomsbury|
|2001||Peter Carey||True History of the Kelly Gang||Faber & Faber|
|2002||Yann Martel||Life of Pi||Canongate|
|2003||DBC Pierre||Vernon God Little||Faber & Faber|
|2004||Alan Hollinghurst||The Line of Beauty||Picador|
|2005||John Banville||The Sea||Picador|
|2006||Kiran Desai||The Inheritance of Loss||Hamish Hamilton|
|2007||Anne Enright||The Gathering||Jonathan Cape|
|2008||Aravind Adiga||The White Tiger||Atlantic|
|2009||Hilary Mantel||Wolf Hall||Fourth Estate|
|2010||Howard Jacobson||The Finkler Question||Bloomsbury|
|2011||Julian Barnes||The Sense of an Ending||Jonathan Cape|