With less than 24 hours until the 2016 Man Booker Prize winner is revealed, William Hill has placed Canadian author Madeleine Thien as 7/4 market favourite following a rush of literary bets placed on her book ‘Do Not Say We Have Nothing.’
Updating its ‘2016 Man Booker Prize’ market, Thien takes the lead ahead of British author and playwright Deborah Levy’s ‘Hot Milk’ (priced at 3/1).
Thien’s critically acclaimed fifth book ‘Do Not Say We Have Nothing’ explores Chinese society and its adjustment to democracy narrated through different generations of one family.
‘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 William Hill’s spokesman Graham Sharpe
Speaking to SBC William Hill revealed that Thien had been ‘backed down’ from 12/1 price as the market outsider, when the initial Man Booker longlist was first announced.
‘Despite a lack of the highest profile authors in this year’s Man Booker line up there has been a lively betting market, dominated by a Canadian, Madeleine Thien, and a Scot, Graeme Macrae Burnet – we’re hoping that the South African-born Brit, Deborah Levy may get us out of trouble!’ Graham Sharpe added