“Wolf Hall” which was the hot favorite to win this years Booker Prize took the prestigious award in London this evening.
Hilary Mantel’s novel of Tudor intrigue doesn’t go on sale in the US until October 13th, but winning the Booker all but guarantees major sales here, and across the world.
“Wolf Hall” beat novels from double Booker winner J.M. Coetzee, past winner A.S. Byatt, and bestseller Sarah Waters.
Being the favorite has been an impediment for some books in the past, as the decision is made just hours before the announcement, and some judges have apparently not taken kindly to the odds being placed at the bookies. (Turf accountants as they are known in the UK don’t limit betting to the horses, and are willing to take bets on just about anything.)
As in years past the Guardian newspaper has provided excellent coverage of the final decisions which you can read here. And if you don’t have time to read all the books the Guardian also provides a tongue-in-cheek digest of all the finalists here.