Bookies fear second record Booker bashing
After Wolf Hall became the first ever odds-on favourite to win the Man Booker Prize last year, costing bookies a £100,000 payout, William Hill are predicting a similar financial literary lashing as Tom McCarthy's novel 'C' has been backed down to even shorter odds than Wolf Hall.
"Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall was a red hot favourite at 10/11 last year - the first ever odds-on winner and the heaviest backed Booker book ever," said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe, "But a similar gamble has seen 'C''s odds collapse to 8/11 favourite this week and the industry is facing up to a second successive six figure clobbering should the gamble proved to be an inspired one. I do not believe there has been any leak ahead of the judges' deliberations but a real betting bandwagon has built up around the book with three figure bets galore being gambled on it.'
William Hill make C their 8/11 favourite for McCarthy and also offer 9/2 Damon Galgut (In A Strange Room); 6/1 Emma Donoghue (Room); 7/1 Peter Carey (Parrot and Olivier in America); 9/1 Howard Jacobson (The Finkler Question); 12/1 Andrea Levy (The Long Song)