As literary types speculate about this year’s nominee for the Nobel Prize in Literature before the official announcement, UK gamblers are hard at work trying to predict a winner of the prestigious prize.
According to the betting site Ladbrokes, Japan’s Haruki Murakami has 10/1 odds, Cormac McCarthy and Philip Roth both have 16/1 odds and Alice Munro has 20/1 odds. Who will you place your bet on?
As always, Michael Orthofer has more information about the Nobel odds at Literary Saloon: “Bob Dylan makes the list, at 33/1 (I understand why: it’s easy money for them — anyone who bets on Dylan is basically just handing the money over to them, zero risk to Ladbrokes — but it’s still disappointing). Last year, the opening-day favorites were Adonis at 4/1 and eventual laureate Tomas Transtromer at 9/2 (yes, he was an early strong favorite — something to keep in mind).” (Via Sarah Weinman)