The Gathering

Added June 25, 2016
  • The Gathering
  • Anne Enright
  • Jonathan Cape, U.K. 2007

the-gathering-front_-cover_ This melancholy Irish novel came from the outside to win the 2007 Booker Prize. Sales apparently doubled after the shortlist was announced.

As indicated by the lowest number 6 on the number line in the copyright page photo below, this is a sixth printing. The top of the front cover states SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2007, meaning that The Gathering went through more than six printings before winning.

The first printing of this Jonathan Cape publication is the true first. Due to a very low first print run, signed true firsts are rare and go for as much as seven hundred dollars.

Even signed fine/fine later printings like this one sell for about a hundred dollars today. But, even slight damage makes a big difference to the value of this book. A signed sixth printing with minor condition issues can be found for as low as fifty dollars. the-gathering-copy_

Signed first North American editions and advance readers copies are worth about the same as these Jonathan Cape later printings. An interesting side note: the first U.S. edition was put out in paperback. The hardcover edition came only after the Booker Prize win.

the-gathering-signature Although her earlier books received much critical acclaim, Enright was virtually unknown outside of Great Britain until The Gathering was shortlisted for the Booker.

Before she began writing, Enright won an international scholarship to Lester B. Pearson United World College in Victoria, British Columbia, where she studied for two years. She later worked in television for several years.


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