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Lloyd Jones vs. Ian McEwan

Get your bets down. Jones (Mister Pip), who started as a 20-1 long shot, is now the 6-4 favorite to win the Booker Prize (“New Zealand author biggest literary Booker gamble,” by Paul Majendie, Reuters):

Graham Sharpe, spokesman for bookmakers William Hill, said: “There has never been a betting plunge like this on the Booker.”

Those Kiwis are crazy. Actually, I think they might be right. Remember that McEwan (On Chesil Beach) has won before–and his status as an early favorite may have be the thing that jinxes him.



About the Author:

Keir Graff is Executive Editor of Booklist Publications and the author of five books. His most recent is the middle-grade novel, The Other Felix (2011). Follow him on Twitter at @Booklist_Keir.

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