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.