Close
Enter your search into one or more of the boxes below:
You can refine your search by selecting from any of the options below:
Search
Your Shopping Basket
Total number of items: 0
Sub total: £0.00
Go to Checkout
Our Birmingham Shop
Our Bristol Shop
Animators Survival Kit

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.
 

Latest Blog
How to Change the World: Stop Harming Women
22/06/2017

Human rights barrister and a researcher at the Gender and Social Justice Centre at Cambridge University, Dexter Dias introduces his new book and explains how we can change the course of the 21st century if we can stop harming women.

The Book that Inspired Pink Floyd and Walt Disney
20/06/2017

We're celebrating the opening this month at the London Palladium of The Wind in the Willows: the Musical with a selection of things you might not know about the bok and its author, Kenneth Grahame.

The Miracle of Creativity's Springs, Coils and Gears
19/06/2017

As his epic new standalone thriller is published, Deon Meyer reflects on the creative process.

View all Blog Entries
Twitter
Show/Hide Tweets
© W&G Foyle Ltd