The Man Booker Prize will be awarded tonight (Tuesday), with Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life (Picador) tipped by bookmarkers to win.
Yanagihara’s 736-page book is up against fellow Picador author Sunjeev Sahota’s The Year of the Runaways, Chigozie Obioma’s The Fishermen (ONE), A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James (Oneworld), A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler (Chatto & Windus), and Tom McCarthy’s Satin Island (Jonathan Cape).
Bookmakers Coral and William Hill have said A Little Life is the favourite to win the £50,000 prize.
Coral has given odds of 6/4 for Yanagihara’s book, with Sahota second favourite at 5/2, and James coming in third with odds of 4/1.
Nicola McGeady from Coral said: “Punters seem convinced that Yanagihara will scoop the Booker prize tomorrow, but this is one ceremony that is often difficult to predict so we aren’t totally convinced that we have the right favourite.”
Ladbrokes has given the same odds for Yanagihara and Sahota, with James in third with odds of 7/2.
The winner of the Man Booker Prize 2015 will be announced at the Guildhall in London.
The judging panel is this year chaired by author and academic Michael Wood, who is joined by critic, broadcaster and editor Ellah Allfrey, novelist John Burnside, the Spectator’s literary editor Sam Leith, and author Frances Osborne
The 2014 prize was won by Australian Richard Flanagan, for his sixth novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North (Chatto). The novel, set during World War Two, was inspired by the author's father's experiences in a prisoner of war camp. It was described as "a literary masterpiece".
The Man Booker Prize is sponsored by Man Group.