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Booker Prize Betting

Published: Jul 3, 3:00pm Last Updated: Oct 7, 5:20pm Specials 0 Comments 1108 Views

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

Novel Author Nationality
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
Bewilderment Richard Powers American
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.

Title Author
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
Wretchedness Andrzej Tichy
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.

Ladbrokes, Paddy Power, and William Hill are the go-to bookmakers for booker prize betting.

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

Year Author Title
2020 Douglas Stuart Shuggie Bain
2019 Margaret Attwood / Bernadine Evaristo /(Joint Winners) The Testaments/ Girl, Woman, Other.
2018 Anna Burns Milkman
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


Debut Novels

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
United Kingdom 30
Australia 5
Ireland
4
Canada
4
India 3
South Africa
3
New Zealand
2
USA 2
Egypt 1
Jamaica 1
Japan 1
German 1
Nigeria 1
Spain 1
Sri Lanka 1
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
Historical fiction 36%
Fiction 27%
Psychological Fiction 11%
Historical Metafiction 4%
Domestic Fiction 4%
Dark Comedy 4%
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%


If betting is new to you check out the OLBG betting school understanding bookmakers article.

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