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Ngugi wa Thiong'o heavily backed to win the Nobel Literature Prize

Can the Kenyan bust the Ladbrokes bank? (credit: wikipedia)

Ladbrokes report that the Kenyan author has been the subject of the biggest gamble in the history of the prize


Kenyan author Ngugi wa Thiong'o has been the subject of the biggest gamble in the history of the Nobel Literature Prize, according to Ladbrokes.

The 72-year old ex-prisoner was 75/1 for the prize when the bookies opened their market last week but those odds have collapsed. He is now the 6/1 second favourite.

And Ladbrokes believe the massive gamble is the biggest of its kind in Nobel Prize betting history.

Spokesman David Williams said: "We've never seen anything like it. Ngugi was a rank outsider when we first looked at the candidates but we fear we've got it horribly wrong. Punters cant get enough of him and we're dreading him being announced the winner."

Poet Tomas Transtromer remains the 4/1 favourite.

Ladbrokes - Nobel Prize for Literature

Thomas Transtromer 4/1
Ngugi wa Thiong'o 6/1
Adam Zagajewski 8/1
Ko Un 8/1
Adonis 8/1
Antonio Tabucchi 10/1
Haruki Murakami 11/1
Les Murray 11/1
Yves Bonnefoy 15/1
Assia Djebar 15/1
Thomas Pynchon 18/1
Philip Roth 18/1
Joyce Carol Oates 18/1
Margaret Atwood 18/1
Alice Munro 18/1
A.S. Byatt 18/1
Michel Tournier 18/1
Don DeLillo 22/1
Claudio Magris 22/1
Milan Kundera 25/1
Amos Oz 25/1
Maya Angelou 25/1
E.L Doctorow 25/1
Peter Handke 25/1
Gitta Sereny 30/1
Cees Nooteboom 30/1
Ernesto Cardinal 30/1
Luis Goytisolo 30/1
Arnost Lustig 35/1
Juan Marse 35/1
Bei Dao 35/1
Patrick Modiano 35/1
Antonio Lobo Antunes 35/1
Vaclav Havel 35/1
Bella Akhmadulina 35/1
Javier Marias 40/1
Mario Vargas Llosa 45/1
Eeva Kilpi 45/1
Carlos Fuentes 45/1
William Trevor 45/1
Shlomo Kalo 45/1
Umberto Eco 45/1
Chinua Achebe 45/1
Elias Khoury 45/1
Anne Carson 50/1
A.B. Yehoshua 50/1
Charyn White 50/1
Per Petterson 50/1
Ismail Kadare 50/1
Ian McEwan 50/1
David Malouf 50/1
Jonathan Littell 66/1
Michael Ondaatje 66/1
Salman Rushdie 66/1
John Banville 66/1
Paul Auster 66/1
Cormac McCarthy 66/1
Jon Fosse 66/1
Mahasweta Devi 66/1
Harry Mulisc 66/1
Kjell Askildsen 75/1
Julian Barnes 75/1
Atiq Rahimi 75/1
Nestor Amarilla 100/1
Peter Carey 100/1
F. Sionil Jose 100/1
Marge Piercy 100/1
Mary Gordon 100/1
William H. Gass 100/1
Yevgeny Yevtushenko 100/1
Vassilis Aleksaskis 125/1
Bob Dylan 150/1 


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