The shortlist for the 2014 Man Booker Prize has been announced. Two first time novelists, Stephen Kelman and A.D. Miller, are on the list. Reuters reports that British author Julian Barnes is the favorite to win the Prize. This is his fourth time on the Man Book Prize shortlist.
Here is the shortlist:
The winner of the 2014 Man Booker Prize for Fiction will be announced on October 18th at a dinner at London's Guildhall. The winner will receive 50,000 pounds. Each of the six shortlisted authors, including the winner, will receive 2,500 pounds and a designer bound edition of their book.
- Julian Barnes, The Sense of an Ending (Jonathan Cape - Random House)
- Carol Birch, Jamrach's Menagerie (Canongate Books)
- Patrick deWitt, The Sisters Brothers (Granta)
- Esi Edugyan, Half Blood Blues (Serpent's Tail)
- Stephen Kelman, Pigeon English (Bloomsbury)
- A.D. Miller, Snowdrops (Atlantic)
BOOKMAKERS William Hill say over fifty per cent of all bets struck on the Man Booker Prize, whose winner is announced on Tuesday, have been for the 6/4 favourite, Julian Barnes to win with his book, The Sense Of An Ending. ‘We are bracing ourselves for a Booker battering as literary punters seem to believe Barnes Is a banker bet’ said Hill’s spokesman Graham Sharpe, ‘But if I have learned one thing whilst setting the odds for this event over the last quarter of a century, it is that it is difficult to second guess a judging panel!’
Hills say the second best backed book is Esi Edugyan’s ‘Half Blood Blues’, attracting 15% of the bets placed, while the largest single payout would be £1800 to a client who has staked £200 on 9/1 outsider of the field, Patrick de Witt’s ‘The Sisters Brothers.’
WILLIAM HILL MAN BOOKER PRIZE ODDS……6/4 Julian Barnes, ‘The Sense of an Ending’; 11/4 Carol Birch, ‘Jamrach’s Menagerie’; 7/2 Esi Edugyan, ‘Half Blood Blues’; 11/2 Stephen Kelman, ‘Pigeon English’; 8/1 A D Miller, ‘Snowdrops’; 9/1 Patrick de Witt, ‘The Sisters Brothers’.