The Shortlist for the Man Booker Prize (essentially England's Pulitzer Prize) was announced this morning, dashing the hopes of Cheeta the chimpanzee, Colm Toibin, and William Trevor, while not surprising perennial favorites J.M. Coetzee, A.S. Byatt, and Sarah Waters. The list:
- A S Byatt - The Children's Book
- J M Coetzee - Summertime
- Adam Foulds - The Quickening Maze
- Hilary Mantel - Wolf Hall
- Simon Mawer - The Glass Room
- Sarah Waters - The Little Stranger
But there is a surprise here, actually. Not that Warwick's condones such behavior, but, in England there is a serious Booker-betting subculture and the first set of odds were announced immediately after the list itself. The surprise is that Hilary Mantel is the early front runner with 11/10 odds of winning. Shocking. Warwick's staff favorite, Sarah Waters is the second favorite at 7/2, with Coetzee at 4/1, Byatt at 13/2, and Mawer & Foulds at 11/1. Will Coetzee come from behind and snare his third prize? Or will Byatt be the darkhorse? The suspense! The drama! Place your bets!