Arts : Books / Films By Graham Sharpe

BOOKER BATTLE OF SEXES

With three books by male authors and three by females making up the shortlist for the Man Booker Prize shortlist this year, bookmakers William Hill are hedging their bets by installing one of the women, Deborah Levy, as their 2/1 (33% chance) outright favourite to win, but making 'any male author' their 4/5 favourite to win, as compared to offering 10/11 that any female author wins.

 And Hills also believe that the Prize is likely to go to a non-British author, with South African born Levy heading the list ahead of American, Paul Beatty, the 7/2 (22% chance) second favourite.

 “This year has produced one of the most open looking shortlists I can recall and the money has been evenly spread across all six contenders with a win for Ottessa Moshfegh marginally the worst result for us at the moment, closely followed by Madeleine Thien”, said William Hill spokesman Graham Sharpe, who has been offering odds on the Award for over thirty years. “They would all make a worthy winner but one almost certainly will have to come out on top - although we're offering odds of 10/1 for a dead-heat which would be only the third in the long history of the Award.”

 WILLIAM HILL MAN BOOKER ODDS

2/1 DEBORAH LEVY  

7/2 PAUL BEATTY

4/1 DAVID SZALAY

5/1 GRAEME MACRAE BURNET

6/1 MADELEINE THIEN

8/1 OTTESSA MOSHFEGH

ODDS FOR FEMALE WINNER: 10/11,   MALE WINNER: 4/5

ODDS FOR DEAD-HEAT: 10/1

  

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