Sunday, April 6, 2008

Orange Prize for Fiction

So it starts again!...

The Orange prize for fiction is a prize for the most talented female writer of an English novel sized book! On 18 March the long list was announced.. it is...

Anita Amirrezvani - The Blood of Flowers
Stella Duffy - The Room of Lost Things
Jennifer Egan - The Keep
Anne Enright - The Gathering
Linda Grant The Clothes on Their Backs
Tessa Hadley The Master Bedroom
Nancy Huston - Fault Lines
Gail Jones - Sorry
Sadie Jones - The Outcast
Lauren Liebenberg - The Voluptuous Delights of Peanut Butter and Jam
Charlotte Mendelson - When We Were Bad
Deborah Moggach - In the Dark
Anita Nair - Mistress
Heather O’Neill - Lullabies for Little Criminals
Elif Shafak - The Bastard of Istanbul
Dalia Sofer - The Septembers of Shiraz
Scarlett Thomas - The End of Mr.Y
Carol Topolski - Monster Love
Rose Tremain - The Road Home
Patricia Wood - Lottery

The short list will be announced mid April, so there is no chance we'll get through these by then, especially as there are 20 of them!! However we'll read a couple and then devote our attentions to the short list when it is announced!

Hopefully we will start them soon, and we have ordered them from our trusty library which supports us very well, but we'll pause until we finish our current books.. for me that is 'The Inheritance of Loss' by Hiran Desai (booker 2006 winner) and for Ian, one of my favourite fantasy books, 'Mirror of her Dreams' by Stephen Donaldson.

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