According to Ladbrokes, the British bookmakers, Les Murray, our world renowned poet, was a short price favourite (6/1) to win the Nobel Prize for Literature this year. They had successfully tipped last year's winner, Turkish author Orhan Pamuk, so many of us were hopeful their tip was right this time. But last week the judges from the Swedish Academy for the Nobel Prize in Literature, selected Doris Lessing, the prolific English author, so Les will have to take his chances again next time.
The Man Booker Prize will be announced later this week, and the betting is very close, so let's see if Ladbrokes get it right this time. Current tipping is as follows:
Lloyd Jones - Mister Pip 2/1
Ian McEwan - On Chesil Beach 2/1
Mohsin Hamid - The Reluctant Fundamentalist 4/1
Nicola Barker - Darkmans 5/1
Anne Enright - The Gathering 12/1
Indra Sinha - Animals People 12/1