Ladbrokes Likes Our Les

Les Murray's latest, Taller When Prone

Les Murray's latest, Taller When Prone

Poet Les Murray is favourite Australian in the race for the Nobel Prize according to British bookmakers Ladbrokes.

The bookies put Les Murray at an equal seventh in the running for the prize at 11/1 along with Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami. The current frontrunner is Swedish poet and translator Tomas Transtromer at 5/1. Two other Australian authors made the list - David Malouf at 50/1 and Peter Carey, out of favour with the punters at 100/1. But if you’re looking to back an outside chance the longest odds are for Bob Dylan at 150/1.

Before you go blowing your winnings, it’s worth noting that the bookies rarely hit the mark. As Galleycat points out last year’s prize was looking like a cert for Amos Oz at 4/1 odds, but ended up going to Romanian-born German author Herta Müller.

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