Mantel shortens dramatically to Booker favourite

Nicholas Clee
News - Prizes 03 Aug 2009

The betting market has agreed emphatically with that Ladbrokes had overpriced Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall for the Man Booker Prize at 16/1. Following what Ladbrokes describes as 'a flurry of bets', Wolf Hall is now the 5/2 favourite with the firm, and 2/1 with William Hill. It is followed by Sarah Waters' The Little Stranger (4/1 Ladbrokes and Wm Hill), Colm Toibin's Brooklyn (5/1 Ladbrokes; 4/1 Wm Hill), and J M Coetzee's Summertime (6/1 Ladbrokes and Wm Hill).

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