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Man Booker Prize 2017: US author George Saunders favourite to win

LiveMint logoLiveMint 13-09-2017 AFP

London: American author George Saunders is favoured to win the prestigious Man Booker Prize for fiction with his novel of the afterlife, “Lincoln in the Bardo.”

British bookmakers Ladbrokes and William Hill made Saunders the front-runner among six titles vying for the £50,000 ($66,000) prize.

The novel is set in a Washington graveyard in 1862, where President Abraham Lincoln visits the body of his 11-year-old son.

Three books by other US writers are on the list of finalists announced on Wednesday. Alongside Saunders are Paul Auster’s “4321” and Emily Fridlund’s “History of Wolves.”

The other contenders are British-Pakistani writer Mohsin Hamid’s “Exit West,” Briton Fiona Mozley’s debut novel “Elmet” and British novelist Ali Smith’s Brexit-themed “Autumn.”

The winner will be announced 17 October.

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