Novel alternative investments return 826% [INFOGRAPHIC]

Novel alternative investments return 826% [INFOGRAPHIC]

The Man Booker Prize is one of the most prestigious literary awards in the world. The prize not only rewards its winner with £50,000 but also transforms their career, boosting sales and bringing international recognition across the literary world.

To celebrate the announcement of the 2016 Man Booker Prize winner, has looked back over the last 16 years of the prize winning booksbooks that took home the award,  and found that, on average, collectors of these titles could see returns of up to £152.19 (826%).

Every single book to have won the coveted prize has seen a notable increase in value. This year’s winner, The Sellout by Paul Beatty, is no different with signed copies of the first edition priced around £345 –, a 2,556% increase on its £12.99 RRP –, just one day after the announcement.

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The’s research revealed that buyers who purchased first editions of the last 16 prize winners could see a return on their investment of up to 826% against RRP.. While aAn investor in Microsoft, purchasing £262.84 (total RRP of the 16 books) in stocks shares would see an increase of only 114%.

The research also found that collectors who had their copies signed saw the biggest increases, with an average rise of 154%.


Remember, alternative assets like books, art and classic cars can be volatile, with big variations in value dependent on condition and rarity of the item. But passion investments can be a labour of love and people tend to collect rare books or first editions for enjoyment and nostalgia rather than financial benefit.

It’s always best to buy books that appeal to you and not try and second guess the market. However, with a little effort and luck collectors might get a pleasant financial surprise.

As always, past performance is not an indicator of future returns.

Below is the full list and infographic

Man Booker Prize Winners 2000-2015

Year Author Title RRP (£) First Edition Unsigned**** First Edition Signed **** Increase Unsigned
2000 Margaret Atwood The Blind Assassin £16.99 £55 £213 224%
2001 Peter Carey True History of the Kelly Gang £16.99 £65 £200 283%
2002 Yann Martel Life of Pi £12.99 £125 £300 862%
2003 DBC Pierre Vernon God Little £12.99 £232 £581 1,686%
2004 Alan Hollinghurst The Line of Beauty £16.99 £155 £280 812%
2005 John Banville The Sea £16.99 £114 £200 778%
2006 Kiran Desai The Inheritance of Loss £16.99 £220 £232 1,195%
2007 Anne Enright The Gathering £12.99 £75 £420 477%
2008 Aravind Adiga The White Tiger £12.99 £100 £280 670%
2009 Hilary Mantel Wolf Hall £18.99 £600 £1100 3,060%
2010 Howard Jacobson The Finkler Question £18.99 £75 £310 295%
2011 Julian Barnes The Sense of an Ending £12.99 £75 £300 477%
2012 Hilary Mantel Bring Up the Bodies £20 £160 £300 700%
2013 Eleanor Catton The Luminaries £18.99 £100 £581 427%
2014 Richard Flanagan The Narrow Road to the Deep North £16.99 £134 £480 669%
2015 Marlon James A Brief History of Seven Killings £18.99 £150 £400 690%








Average £16.43 £152.19 £386.06


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