Bookmakers refine their offers and speculation mounts before list of authors in contention for Booker prize is cut from 13 to sixWith less than a week to go until the Man Booker Prize shortlist 2013 is unveiled, the bookies’ favourite is Harvest by Jim Crace.At 11/4 from William Hill, or 5/2 at Ladbrokes, Crace is tipped to scoop the prize, echoing Philip Hensher’s prediction in the Spectator that he “can hardly see where else the prize can go than to the long-overdue Crace”.Indeed, the bookies’ top five favourites mostly reflect Hensher’s predictions – he urges a shortlist comprising Crace, with TransAtlantic by Colum McCann, The Testament of Mary by Colm Tóibín, Almost English by Charlotte Mendelson , The Kills by Richard House and Eleanor Catton’s The Luminaries.Catton’s historical novel about the 19th-century New Zealand gold rush is second-favourite with the bookies, at 4/1 with Ladbrokes and 5/1 with William Hill. In both bookmakers’ top fives – suggesting that they are also favourites to make the shortlist – are The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan (6/1 Ladbrokes and 7/1 William Hill), and Tóibín’s The Testament of Mary (8/1 Ladbrokes and 7/1 William Hill).The key to correctly predicting the winner is all …read more

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