The Prestigious Man Booker Prize will be awarded on October 6th.
The shortlisted nominees are:
Wolf Hall : Hilary Mantel
Summertime : JM Coetzee
The Little Stranger : Sarah Waters
The Children’s Book : AS Byatt
The Glass Room : Simon Mawer
The Quickening Maze : Adam Foulds
The judges are:
James Naughtie, a well-known broadcaster
Lucasta Miller, biographer and critic
Michael Prodger, Literary Editor of The Sunday Telegraph
John Mullan, academic, journalist and broadcaster
Sue Perkins, comedian and broadcaster
The odds are:
Hilary Mantel (Wolf Hall) 11/10
Sarah Waters (The Little Stranger) 7/2
JM Coetzee (Summertime) 4/1
AS Byatt (The Children’s Book) 13/2
Adam Foulds (The Quickening Maze) 11/1
Simon Mawer (The Glass Room) 11/1
Coetzee has won the Booker Prize twice. He would be the first three time winner.
AS Byatt has been a judge for the prize and has won the prize once.
Sarah Waters has been shortlisted twice, but has never won. Her books currently leads in sales numbers.
The Children’s Book by AS Byatt
[UPDATE: Hilary Mantel wins for Wolf Hall}