New Zealander Lloyd Jones is being tipped to win this year’s Man Booker Prize for his novel Mister Pip. A betting surge and massive hike in book sales have been reported since the longlist was announced, meaning Jones has now overtaken Ian McEwan (for On Chesil Beach) as the bookie’s favourite… Joining Jones and McEwan on the shortlist is Nicola Barker Darkmans, Mohsin Hamid The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Anne Enright The Gathering and Indra Sinha for Animal’s People.
Interested, but no time to read all the shortlisted books in full? For a brilliant digest check out John Grace at The Guardian.
The results will be announced on 16 October.