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Alan Hollinghurst installed as Booker Prize favourite

3rd August 2011

Alan Hollinghurst, who won the Man Booker Prize in 2004, has been installed as favourite to win the award again this year, ahead of Julian Barnes, who has been shortlisted three times without triumphing.

According to the latest odds from William Hill, Hollinghurst is 5/1 to win the prestigious literary prize after being longlisted for his novel The Stranger's Child.

Barnes, who was shortlisted in 1984, 1998 and 2005, is second favourite at 6/1 with The Sense of An Ending.

Graham Sharpe, a spokesman for William Hill, said the Man Booker Prize is 'easily' the most popular literary award when it comes to bets, with early wagers indicating that a six-figure sum is riding on the outcome.

'Alan Hollinghurst has had rave reviews for his latest book, which is a worthy favourite in what, nonetheless, looks an open year,' he added.

A shortlist of six authors will be revealed on September 6th, with the winner of the 2011 Man Booker Prize announced on October 18th at Guildhall, London. 

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