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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.

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Keir Graff is the editor of Booklist Online and the author of five books. His most recent is the middle-grade novel, The Other Felix.

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