Love & Paralysis…Deborah Levy’s ‘Hot Milk’ favourite to win Man Booker 2016

British author and playwright Deborah Levy’s ‘Hot Milk’ currently leads bookmaker’s ‘2016 Man Booker Prize’ market, priced at 11/4 to win the accolade of best fiction novel written in the English language.

With just over a week, until the 2016 Man Booker winner is revealed (Tuesday 26 October – London Guildhall). Bookmakers have placed Levy’s ‘Hot Milk’ a tale of family life, grieving and paralysis as market leader.

‘Hot Milk’ is closely followed by Canadian author Madeleine Thien’s ‘Do Not Say We Have Nothing’ (3/1), a drama which depicts a socially changing China narrated through generations of one family.

Described as one of Scotland’s ‘brightest literary talents’ Graeme Macrae Burnet’s ‘His Bloody Project’ currently sits as 4/1 third favourite. His crime thriller examines the impact of extreme violence in a small Scottish community, following the bloody murder of a young family.

Two American writers make this year’s Man Booker shortlist. Paul Beatty for ‘The Sellout’ (5/1) a satire of ‘post-racial’ America told through suburban household eyes.  Beatty is joined by Ottessa Moshfegh’s Eileen (6/1), a harrowing and mordant New England 1960’s crime thriller.

English/Canadian author David Szalay ‘All That Man Is’ a piercing portrayal of ‘21st-century manhood’ depicted through nine male characters is placed as the Man Booker’s 7/1 market outsider.

Speaking to SBC Graham Sharpe PR Spokesperson for William Hill commented on the 2016 Man Booker shortlist

‘This is one of the lowest profile Booker Prize shortlists we can recall, so it is not surprising that the highest profile author, Deborah Levy, is favourite to win, albeit at very backable 11/4 odds. Having listened to the judges revealing the shortlist a few weeks ago, I expect 3/1 second favourite, Madeleine Thien to go close.’

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