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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

Interesting Details:

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.

My prediction:

The Children’s Book by AS Byatt

[UPDATE: Hilary Mantel wins for Wolf Hall}

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