Nobel prize for literature: Alice Munro belatedly emerges as second favourite

Short story supremo Alice Munro has made an eleventh-hour leap to become second favourite to win this year’s Nobel prize for literatureLadbrokes are now quoting odds of 4-1 on Munro claiming the prize when it is announced on Thursday, putting her behind only Haruki Murakami, who has been the favourite since the book opened and is now at 5-2.

Munro, a perennial contender for the Nobel, is considered one of the world’s greatest living short-story writers. Her tales of small town Canadian life explore the big themes of life, love and death. She began writing in the late 1960s, and in June – following last year’s publication of a collection including four biographical shorts, Dear Life – she announced her intention to retire.

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