Bookies 'face lashing if C wins Man Booker'
12th October 2010
The UK's bookmakers fear a 'literary lashing' if the current favourite wins the 2010 Man Booker Prize tonight.
Last week, a rush of bets were placed Tom McCarthy's C to win the GBP 50,000 award, leading to the odds falling shorter than those seen for 2009's victor, Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, and Ladbrokes to suspend betting on the novel.
William Hill spokesman Graham Sharpe noted that Wolf Hall's win cost bookies GBP 100,000 last year and predicted that a similar sum could be lost if C takes home the honour.
'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,' he commented.
The 2010 Man Booker Prize will be revealed tonight at a dinner at London's Guildhall, with the announcement being broadcast on BBC News television, radio and online channels.
Peter Carey's Parrot and Olivier in America, Room by Emma Donoghue, Howard Jacobson's The Finkler Question, In a Strange Room by Damon Galgut and Andrea Levy's The Long Song are the other novels on the shortlist.