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Margaret Atwood among favourites to win fiction's Booker Prize

Booker Prize winner Margaret Atwood is the bookies' favourite to win the coveted fiction trophy again for The Testaments, her follow-up to dystopian saga The Handmaid's Tale.

$83K prize open to all English-language authors

Canadian author Margaret Atwood poses with her book The Testaments during the photo call for the authors shortlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize for Fiction at Southbank Centre in London, England, on Sunday. (Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty Images)

Booker Prize winner Margaret Atwood is the bookies' favourite to win the coveted fiction trophy again for The Testaments, her follow-up to dystopian saga The Handmaid's Tale.

Atwood, who won in 2000 for The Blind Assassin, is one of six finalists for the 50,000-pound ($83,000 Cdn) prize, whose winner will be announced Monday.

British bookmakers also give strong odds to British-Turkish author Elif Shafak for the Istanbul-set story 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World and U.S.-British writer Lucy Ellmann for her 1,000-page stream-of-consciousness novel Ducks, Newburyport.

The other contenders are Salman Rushdie for Quichotte, a modern-day retelling of Don Quixote; Britain's Bernardine Evaristo for Girl, Woman, Other; and Nigeria's Chigozie Obioma for An Orchestra of Minorities.

Founded in 1969, the prize is open to English-language authors from any country.

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