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Thomas Transtromer favourite to win Nobel Prize for Literature

Thomas Transtromer is the favourite to win the Nobel Prize for Literature

Swedish poet Transtromer clear favourite to win prestigious award for literature

Thomas Transtromer, the 79 year old Swede is 5/1 favourite to win the Nobel Prize for Literature according to Ladbrokes.

Transtromer, famous for his poetry, has been mentioned numerous times for this award in the past, but has never won.

Poets Adam Zagajewski, Ko Un and Adonis are all second favourites at 8/1. Musician Bob Dylan also appears on the list at 150/1.

David Williams of Ladbrokes told Bettingpro:

“Tomas Transtomer must surely be in pole position. He's long been mentioned for the prize and we feel his work finally deserves this recognition. However, even though we employ a crack team of Nobel specialists, there are always guys out there who know more than us and we've always found it tough to make money on it. Professors show no hesitation in showing us up if they think we've priced it wrong.”

Ladbrokes started betting on the Nobel Prize only a dozen years ago. It has grown hugely and is one of those rare markets where more interest is received from Europe than the UK. The Ladbrokes market alone - in turnover - is worth almost £500,000.

Ladbrokes odds for the 2010 Nobel Prize for Literature:

Thomas Transtromer      5/1
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
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
Ngugi wa Thiong'o       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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