Daisy Johnson now 9/2 for Man Booker Prize; Richard Powers favourite


An eleventh hour gamble is developing on Daisy Johnson winning the 2018 Man Booker Prize ahead of Tuesday’s announcement.

The 27-year-old, who is the youngest author ever to be nominated for the award, has been backed into 9/2 third-favourite over the weekend.

Richard Powers is the favourite with odds of 5/2, followed by Esi Edugyan at 7/2.

The Long Take is rated as a 5/1 chance to land the accolade for Robin Robertson, while Anna Burns (6/1) and Rachel Kushner (7/1) complete the field.

Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes said: “Literary punters’ late cash suggests there could be an upset this year, and it looks like Johnson is the one to cause it.”

Ladbrokes Latest Betting

Man Booker Prize 2018 winner

The Overstory, Richard Powers –  5/2

Washington Black, Esi Edugyan –  7/2

Everything Under, Daisy Johnson – 9/2

The Long Take, Robin Robertson – 5/1

Milkman, Anna Burns – 6/1

The Mars Room, Rachel Kushner – 7/1

All Odds and Markets correct as of date of publication


Nick Murphy

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