Arts : Books / Films By Graham Sharpe

Literary Gamblers Go Mad For Thien

MADELEINE THIEN has been backed from 12/1 to 7/4 favourite with William Hill to win the Man Booker Prize, announced on Tuesday.

'34% of all the stakes on the outcome of the Booker have been for Madeleine Thien, with 26% of all bets placed on her.' said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe, 'The Canadian author tops each of these categories and has been backed down from 12/1 when the Longlist was issued, to 5/1 when the shortlist was announced, then to 3/1 and now to 7/4 clear favourite, relegation Deborah Levy to second favourite.'

WILLIAM HILL MAN BOOKER PRIZE ODDS....7/4 Madeleine Thien (Do Not Say We Have Nothing); 11/4 Deborah Levy (Hot Milk); 4/1 Graeme Macrae Burnet (His Bloody Project); 5/1 Paul Beatty (The Sellout); 7/1 David Szalay (All That Man Is); 8/1 Ottessa Moshfegh (Eileen)

% OF STAKE MONEY FOR EACH BOOK: 34% Thien; 21% Burnet; 6% Levy; 5% Moshfegh, Szalay; 4% Beatty

% OF INDIVIDUAL BETS PLACED FOR EACH BOOK: 26% Thien; 14% Burnet; 8% Levy;Moshfegh; 6% Szalay; 5% Beatty