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Seven hot names in the Nobel Literature race

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Seven hot names in the Nobel Literature race
17:12 CEST+02:00
With the Nobel Prize in Literature to be announced in Stockholm on Thursday, world media and gambling companies have taken the chance to voice their favourites and their predictions as to who will be the lucky Literature Laureate.

The Swedish Academy will reveal the Nobel Prize winner at 1pm in one of the most hotly contested categories across the board.

The Prize has been taken home by many a household name since the first awards in 1901, with past winners including Ernest Hemingway in 1954, and John Steinbeck in 1962; both who have become legends in the literature world.

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With Japanese author Haruki Murakami often appearing as the media's best guess for this year's winner, China's Mo Yan is not far behind.

But will heads turn to Asia this year or could E.L. James, the British writer behind the erotic bestseller "Fifty Shades of Grey", turn heads even more with odds as staggering as 500 to 1?

Or could another Swedish writer take the crown, as was the case last year when Swedish poet, psychologist and translator Tomas Tranströmer made the nation proud.

Who will the lucky award winner be this year? Nobody knows, but check out these seven writers who have got people talking in this year's lead up.

Derya Aktas

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