Have you read any of the Man Booker prize long list?

The Man Booker Prize Long list has been announced. The Leeds favourite is History of the Rain – Niall Williams – 3 readers gave this 5 stars.  

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

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