William Hill releases closing odds

With the eighteenth Women’s Prize for Fiction only six days away, the latest odds from bookmakers William Hill have British author Hilary Mantel as odds-on favourite with her 11th novel, Bring up the Bodies. This is the third time Mantel has been shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction.

Joint second favourites at 4/1 are American writer, A.M. Homes, for her sixth novel, May We Be Forgiven and British writer and 2006 Orange Prize for Fiction winner Zadie Smith, for her fourth novel, NW.

Hilary Mantel – Bring up the Bodies                                                       7/4


A.M. Homes – May We Be Forgiven                                                           4/1


Zadie Smith – NW                                                                                                    4/1


Barbara Kingsolver – Flight Behaviour                                                   5/1


Maria Semple – Where’d You Go Bernadette                                       11/2


Kate Atkinson – Life After Life                                                                        6/1


 First Ever Google+ Hangout On Air Stream of the Women’s Prize for Fiction with The Huffington Post UK


For the first time, the Women’s Prize for Fiction will host a Google+ hangout On Air of the awards ceremony this year hosted on The Huffington Post UK website. On Wednesday 5 June, at 18.45pm, viewers can simply log on to: and view the entire awards ceremony live through to the announcement of the 2013 winner.


The following day, Thursday 6th June, Women’s Prize for Fiction co-founder and bestselling novelist Kate Mosse will be in conversation with the winner of the 2013 Women’s Prize for Fiction in the latest of a series of Google+ Hangouts On Air at

The Women’s Prize for Fiction was set up in 1996 to celebrate and promote fiction by women throughout the world to the widest range of readers possible. Known from 1996 – 2012 as the Orange Prize for Fiction, the Women’s Prize is awarded to the best novel of the year written in English by a woman.

The winner of the eighteenth Women’s Prize for Fiction will be presented with a cheque for £30,000 and a limited edition bronze statue known as ‘the Bessie’, created by artist Grizel Niven. Both are anonymously endowed.


The award ceremony will take place on 5th June 2013 in The Clore Ballroom of the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London.





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