Waterstone's fiction buyer Rodney Troubridge told the Guardian: "It's wonderful to see one of our funniest, most acerbic writers, Howard Jacobson, get listed. The booksellers' favourite will be David Mitchell. The public's favourite will be Sarah Waters."
[Bookies] William Hill made David Mitchell 5/1 favourite for Black Swan Green, [Peter] Carey second for Theft: a Love Story, and Sarah Waters third for The Night Watch at 7/1.
Odds of 8/1 were quoted on Barry Unsworth and 10/1 for Jacobson.
Yesterday on the blog: The Man Booker Prize matters because it’s so unfair