Lincoln in the Bardo front runner for Man Booker Prize

George Saunders is the new favourite to land the prestigious Man Booker prize this year, according to our traders.

Following Wednesday morning’s shortlist announcement, we’ve had to revise the odds completely as the previous top five in the betting failed to make the final cut.

Lincoln in the Bardo now finds itself chalked up as the 2/1 favourite for George Saunders.

The novel takes place during and after the death of Abraham Lincoln’s son William Wallace Lincoln, dealing with the president’s grief at his loss.

There’s also 4/1 apiece being offered for Mohsin Hamid and Fiona Mozley’s efforts with Exit West and Elmet respectively.

Paul Auster’s 4321 is rated as a 5/1 shot, with History of Wolves (6/1) and Autumn  (6/1) completing the pack.

Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes said: “This year’s Man Booker is wide open and, if truth be told, we’re struggling to pinpoint the winner. Punters’ money suggests Saunders could be the one to beat.”

The Man Booker Prize for Fiction is a literary prize awarded each year for the best original novel, written in the English language and published in the UK.

Ladbrokes latest betting:

Man Booker Prize winner 2017

George Saunders – Lincoln in the Bardo – 2/1

Mohsin Hamid – Exit West – 4/1

Fiona Mozley – Elmet – 4/1

Paul Auster – 4321 – 5/1

Emily Fridlund – History of Wolves – 6/1

Ali Smith – Autumn – 6/1