Bookies Open A Book On Books

This entry was posted on Thursday, October 1st, 2009

2009 Man Booker Prize Judges

Book World’s Super Thursday, Man Booker Prize, Nobel Literature all available at the Bookies!

This is Book Week, or perhaps Bookies Week, or more closer to the point a week that encompasses three of the largest events in the Book calendar each year and for the first time is being covered by British Bookmakers.

Today is the book world’s Super Thursday; 800 books are launched today in the run-up to Christmas. Over 40% of book sales happen in the next three months and it can make or break a publisher, bookshop or author.

Tomorrow, 1st October is the main UK book award the 2009 Man Booker Prize, hundreds of books have been whittled down to just half a dozen with Ladbrokes bookmakers giving the nod to author Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall at 10/11, ahead of J M Coetzee’s Summertime and Sarah Waters’ The Little Stranger, both 5/1.
And finally next Thursday 8th October sees the 2009 Nobel Literature Prize. The field is packed for this one with Amoz Oz at 4/1 edging Assia Djebar and Joyce Carol Oates at 5/1 each.

More people are looking for Special or Celebrity Bets and bookmakers are keen to offer more opportunities than ever before. In fact most punters like these types of wager as they feel they have a better knowledge of the events or category as it is part of their everyday life.

As Super Thursday’s books are launched, bookies like Ladbrokes have opened their own book offering odds on who and what will be the Christmas Book Number 1, which is less likely to be as highbrow as a Booker Prize or Nobel winner, so the early showing is Dan Brown 2/1 The Lost Symbol, Ant and Dec 3/1 Ooh! What A Lovely Pair and Jamie Oliver 5/1 Jamies’s America and Peter Kay 5/1 Saturday Night Peter followed by Jeremy Clarkson 10/1 Driven to Distraction and many more books under that too.

So if you fancy a bookish gamble, then click through to Oggs’ Celebrity Betting page, and click on Ladbrokes Casino. Once there click on the top Sports tab and then once in there the Specials category down the left navigation column’s list. You will find the book odds under Awards and Christmas.

No doubt there are plenty of good outside bets to look at with over 800 books alone today published and launched so best of luck beating those other bookies!

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2 Responses to Bookies Open A Book On Books

  1. Jessica Taylor says:

    Wowee! I won on Ladbroke’s when Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall won last night. I just love the book and it was my favourite. I didn’t know you could bet on the Man Booker Prize so thank you Oggs for blogging it. I’m ecstatic and can spend my winnings on more books now. Moaw!

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