The Booker Prize Betting
The Booker Prize is awarded to the best novel of the year written in English and published in the UK or Ireland.
The shortlist is: A Passage North, Bewilderment, Great Circle, No One Is Talking About This, The Fortune Men, The Promise.
The Promise by South African playwright Damon Galgut heads the Booker Prize Betting odds around 2/1.
The best betting sites will have odds on each of the novels up until the prize ceremony on November 3rd.
Booker Prize Short List Announced
The Booker Prize shortlist of 6 novels was announced at 4.00 PM on 19th September.
The leading bookmakers and best-betting sites have released their Booker Prize Odds.
Each set of odds equate to a percentage chance, if you feel that the chance is greater than the bookmaker odds you should back that author.
Which is your favourite book?
|Author||Novel||Betting Odds||Percentage Chance|
|Damon Galgut ||The Promise ||7/4||36.36%|
|Maggie Shipstead ||Great Circle ||4/1 ||20.00%|
|Richard Powers ||Bewilderment ||4/1 ||20.00%|
|Anuk Arudpragasam ||A Passage North ||6/1||14.29%|
|Nadifa Mohamed ||The Fortune Men ||6/1 ||14.29%|
|Patricia Lockwood ||No One Is Talking About This ||8/1||11.11%|
Booker Prize Longlist 2021
|A Passage North||Anuk Arudpragasam ||Sri Lankan|
|Second Place||Rachel Cusk||British/Canadian|
|The Promise||Damon Galgut||South African|
|The Sweetness Of Water||Nathan Harris||American|
|Klara And The Sun||Kazuo Ishiguro ||British|
|An Island||Karen Jennings||South African|
|A Town Called Solace||Mary Lawson||Canadian|
|No One Is Talking About This||Patricia Lockwood||American|
|The Fortune Men||Nadifa Mohamed||British/Somalia|
|China Room||Sunjeev Sahota||British|
|Great Circle||Maggie Shipstead||American|
|Light Perpetual||Francis Spufford||British|
Booker Prize Judges
Horatia Harrod, Natasha McElhone, Chigozie Obioma, Dr. Rowan Williams, Maya Jasanoff will be the arbiters of this year's Booker Prize.
Booker Prize Longlist Announcement
International Booker Prize 2021 Longlist
The International Booker Prize Longlist of 13 books was announced on the 29th March 2021 and then reduced to the 6 highlighted below.
The winner was At Night All Blood Is Black by David Diop and translated by Anna Moschovakis.
The £50,000 International Booker Prize money is equally split between author and translator.
|I Live In the Slums||Can Xue|
|At Night All Blood Is Black||David Diop|
|The Pearl Field||Nana Ekvtimishvili|
|The Dangers of Smoking in Bed||Mariana Enriquez|
|When We Cease to Understand the World||Benjamin Labatut|
|The Perfect Nine -The Epic Gikuyu and Mumbi||Ngugi wa Thiong'o|
|The Employees||Olga Ravn|
|Summer Brother||Japp Robben|
|An Inventory Of Losses||Judith Schalansky|
|Minor Detail||Adania Shibli|
|In Memory of Memory||Maria Stepanova|
|The War of the Poor||Eric Vuillard|
You can follow the Booker Prize betting odds on this page, which will be updated with the changing odds regularly.
For those of you who do not have a bookmaker account please visit the online bookmakers page.
With jury voting, it will always be a subjective opinion, and with human beings prone to emotion the most moving novel often seems to do well.
Booker Prize Winners Since 2010
|2020||Douglas Stuart||Shuggie Bain|
|2019||Margaret Attwood / Bernadine Evaristo /(Joint Winners)||The Testaments/ Girl, Woman, Other.|
|2017||George Saunders||Lincoln In The Bardo|
|2016||Paul Beatty||The Sellout|
|2015||Marlon James||A Brief History Of Killings|
|2014||Richard Flanagan||The Narrow Road To the Deep North|
|2013||Eleanor Catton||The Luminaries|
|2012||Hilary Mantel||Bring Up The Bodies|
|2011||Julian Barnes||The Sense Of Ending|
|2010||Howard Jacobson||The Finkler Question|
Only 6 authors have won with their debut novel, this includes the 2020 winner Douglas Stuart.
Booker Prize Nationality
The Booker Prize is a truly international award as you can see the winners by country of birth below.
In the last 6 years, 1 Canadian (shared) 1 Jamaican, and 2 Americans have won the award, alongside writers from England (shared) Scotland, and Northern Ireland.
English Booker Prize Winners
Around 55% of Booker Prize winners were born in the UK.
|Booker Prize Winner - Country Of Birth||Number Of Booker Prize Wins|
|Ireland ||4 |
|South Africa ||3|
|New Zealand ||2 |
|Trinidad and Tobago||1|
More Than One Winner
The Booker Prize has been shared on 3 occasions, in 1974, 1992, and 2019.
Booker Prize Statistics
It can help our booker prize betting decisions to research various aspects of previous booker prize winners.
|Genre||Booker Prize Percentage|
|Philosophical, Biography, Mystery, Comic||14%|
Male or Female
37 Male (67%) and 18 Female (33%) authors have won the Booker Prize.
Five authors have won the Booker Prize on two occasions.
|Author||Title & Year|
|Margaret Attwood||2000 The Blind Assasin & 2019 Testaments|
|Hilary Mantel||2009 Wolf Hall & 2012 Bring Out The Bodies|
|Peter Carey||1988 Oscar and Lucinda & 2001 True History Of the Kelly Gang|
|JM Coetzee||1983 Life and Times Of Michael K & 1999 Disgrace|
Booker Prize Controversy
Since the Booker Prize was created in 1969 it has seen its fair share of controversy with both at times judges and authors questioning the fairness of the award and whether it is appropriate to rate books.
In 2019 the judges went off message by awarding the prize to two authors, despite being told that this was against the Booker rules.
In June 2020 there was another literary furore when the Booker Foundation Vice President Lady Nicholson was removed from her honorary position.
The Peer had been criticized by writers who accused her of homophobia.
Authors cited her for voting against the Same-Sex Marriage Bill, and for as some saw it her controversial comments on social media in relation to the trans community.
Last Years Booker Prize List & Betting
Booker Prize Short List Betting
To give you some insight into betting odds and percentages here are the 2020 odds.
|Author||Title||Betting Odds||Bookmakers Percentage Chance|
|Douglas Stuart||Shuggie Bain||4.5 or 7/2 @ Ladbrokes||22.22%|
|Maaza Mengiste||The Shadow King||5.0 or 4/1 @ Ladbrokes||20.67%|
|Tsitsi Dangarembga||This Mournable Body||5.0 or 4/1 @ Paddy Power||20.00%|
|Brandon Taylor||Real Life||7.0 or 6/1 @Paddy Power||14.27%|
|Diane Cook||The New Wilderness||9.0 or 8/1 @ Ladbrokes||11.11%|
|Avni Doshi||Burnt Sugar||13.00 or 12/1@ Ladbrokes||7.69%|
Below are the Booker Prize Longlist odds BEFORE the 2020 shortlist was announced.
Booker Prize Longlist
|Author||Title||Betting Odds||Bookmakers Percentage Chance|
|Hilary Mantel||The Mirror & The Light||5.0 William Hill||20%|
|Gabriel Krauze||Who They Was||6.0 William Hill||16.67%|
|Kiley Reid||Such A Fun Age||6.0 William Hill||16.67%|
|Douglas Stuart||Shuggie Bain||7.0 William Hill||14.29%|
|Tsitsi Dangarembga||This Mournable Body||8.0 William Hill||12.50%|
|Colum McCann||Apeirogon||8.0 William Hill||12.50%|
|Maaza Mengiste||The Shadow King||8.0 William Hill||12.50%|
|Brandon Taylor||Real Life||8.0 William Hill||12.50%|
|Sophie Ward||Love And Other Thought Experiments||8.0 William Hill||12.50%|
|Anne Taylor||Redhead By The Side Of The Road||10.0 William Hill||10.00%|
|Avni Doshi||Burnt Sugar||13.0 William Hill||7.69%|
|C Pam Zhang||How Much Of These Hills Is Gold||17.0 William Hill||5.88%|
|Diane Cook||The New Wilderness||17.0 William Hill||5.88%|
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