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Margaret Atwood, Lucy Ellmann favorites to Acquire fiction’s Booker Prize

Booker Prize winner Margaret Atwood is the bookies’ favorite to win the funniest comic trophy for”The Testaments,” her followup into dystopian saga”The Handmaid’s Tale.”

Atwood, who won in 2000 for”The Blind Assassin,” is just one of six finalists for its 50,000-pound ($63,000) trophy, whose winner will be announced Monday.

British bookmakers also give powerful chances to British-Turkish writer Elif Shafak for its Istanbul-set narrative”10 Minutes 38 Seconds within this Strange World” and U.S.-British author Lucy Ellmann for the 1,000-page stream-of-consciousness book”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.”

Launched in 1969, the prize is open to English-language writers from any state.