Ahead of the announcement of the Nobel Prize in Literature winner at noon today (9th October), bookies are divided between backing Kenya's Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o and Japan's Haruki Murakami.
Murakami, who last month visited the UK as part of his first book tour in 10 years, is William Hill's favourite, at 7/2, with Ngugi second at 5/1.
But Ladbroke's favours Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, giving him a 7/2 lead, with Paddy Power and 888 Sport also making the Kenyan writer odds-on favourite.
Ladbrokes spokesperson Alex Donohue yesterday told the Guardian that “it was looking for months as though Murakami would head into the announcement day as the hot favourite, but [Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o] has captured the imagination late on”.
Other authors in the Ladbrokes running are Belarusian writer Svetlana Aleksijevitj and the Albanian Ismail Kadare.
William Trevor is down as a 25/1 bet from William Hill. One bookie, Paddy Power, was yesterday offering odds of 150/1 for J K Rowling.
The winner of the SEK8m (£693,000) prize will be announced today (9th October) at 12 noon UK time.