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Haruki Murakami joint favourite to win Nobel prize for literature

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Three days before the winner is announced, novelist shares odds of 4/1 with Kenyan writer Ngg wa Thiongo, while Belarusian journalist Svetlana Alexievich is third favourite at 7/1

With just three days to go before the 2014 Nobel prize for literature is awarded, Haruki Murakami and the Kenyan writer Ngg wa Thiongo are joint favourites to win the literary worlds greatest honour.

The Swedish Academy announced this morning that the winner of the literature Nobel would be revealed on Thursday 9 October at 1pm CET (noon BST). Ladbrokes, which has frequently seen the eventual victor surge to the top of its odds in the days before the announcement, said today that Ngg and Murakami were, at 4/1, joint favourites to win Thursdays eight million kronor (£693,000) prize.

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