Neel Mukherjee’s The Lives of Others is also very popular.
Odds on the other contenders vary quite a lot this year. Mukherjee is 3/1 at Ladbrokes but 10/1 at William Hill. O’Neill, William Hill’s 4/1 favourite, is rated only 12/1 by the others. Wm Hill offers 20/1 on Joshua Ferris, compared to 8/1 at its rivals. Flanagan’s chances vary a lot: 4/1 favourite at Paddy Power, but a 16/1 with Hustvedt and David Nicholls at Ladbrokes.
To Rise Again at a Decent Hour – Joshua Ferris
The Narrow Road to the Deep North – Richard Flanagan
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves – Karen Joy Fowler
The Blazing World – Siri Hustvedt
J – Howard Jacobson
The Wake – Paul Kingsnorth
The Bone Clocks – David Mitchell
Us – David Nicholls
The Dog – Joseph O’Neill
Orfeo – Richard Powers
How to be Both – Ali Smith