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2012 Booker Prize Shortlist Announced

The shortlist has been announced for this year’s Man Booker Prize. The judges went from a list of 145 novels down to just 12 titles for the longlist, down to these six finalists.

Narcopolis by Jeet Thayil
Swimming Home by Deborah Levy
Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
The Lighthouse by Alison Moore
Umbrella by Will Self
The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng

Most of the opinions seem to lean toward Hilary Mantel taking the prize, but my money is on Narcopolis, Jeet Thayil’s exploration of heroin addiction in Mumbai, India. The winner will be announced October 16th, and will receive £50,000 (~$80,000).

Do people really bet seriously on these outcomes, I wonder? What would you call the people who take the bets – Booker bookies? The bookies for bookies? Booker book bookies? Food for thought.

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