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Man Booker win shoots Julian Barnes to Amazon's top 10

October 20, 2011 |  8:40 am

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Julian Barnes won the Man Booker Prize with his novel "The Sense of an Ending" on Tuesday. Just two days later, that success is making itself felt with U.S. book buyers -- "The Sense of an Ending" has leapt up Amazon's bestseller list. On Tuesday, before the awards ceremony began, it was at No. 80; now it's at No. 7.

Barnes was considered to be a favorite for the prize by many, including British betting house Ladbrokes. Then again, Ladbrokes had Bob Dylan as the most likely winner of the Nobel Prize in literature, a charming idea but widely off the mark: The Nobel in literature went to Tomas Tranströmer, an 80-year-old Swedish poet. Yet Barnes' history with the Man Booker -- he'd been shortlisted three times before -- made his win seem almost inevitable.

In addition to the sales bump, the Man Booker comes with its own financial reward -- about $80,000.

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Photo: Julian Barnes at the Man Booker Prize ceremony. Credit: Luke MacGregor / Reuters

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