Bargain of the week: Booker losers

Cloud Atlas
David Mitchell, Fopp, £3
When a novel goes on the Booker shortlist, the publisher delays thoughts of the paperback and reprints the hardback. When it’s a hot favourite, as Cloud Atlas was last year, they reprint heavily; and when it doesn’t win, they are left with a problem from which we can benefit. Missing out to Alan Hollinghurst hasn’t made this six-story extravaganza any less intriguing — or any less dense. And this year’s Booker shortlist only came out last week, so you have at least a year before the next big wave of literary discounts hits.