Monday, March 15, 2004

The Orange Prize Longlist 

The Guardian is all over the newly announced longlist of the Orange Prize, given to the best book published by a female author in the last year:

· Brick Lane by Monica Ali (Doubleday)
· Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood (Bloomsbury)
· The Sari Shop by Rupa Bajwa (Viking
· Kith and Kin by Stevie Davies (Weidenfeld)
· State of Happiness by Stella Duffy (Virago)
· The Flood by Maggie Gee (Saqi Books)
· The Electric Michelangelo by Sarah Hall (Faber)
· The Great Fire by Shirley Hazzard (Virago)
· Notes on a Scandal by Zoe Heller (Viking)
· The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri (Flamingo)
· A Visit from Voltaire by Dinah Lee Küng (Peter Halban Publishers)
· Small Island by Andrea Levy (Review)
· Gilgamesh by Joan London (Atlantic)
· The Internationals by Sarah May (Chatto & Windus)
· Love by Toni Morrison (Chatto & Windus)
· Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Fourth Estate)
· The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger (Cape)
· Ice Road by Gillian Slovo (Little, Brown)
· The Colour by Rose Tremain (Chatto & Windus)
· The Amateur Marriage by Anne Tyler (Chatto & Windus)

Some of the expected big names are on there: Margaret Atwood, Anne Tyler, Shirley Hazzard, Jhumpa Lahiri--but some emerging debut novelists are there as well like the much-hyped Monica Ali and Audrey Niffenegger. I, for one, am hugely thrilled to see Stella Duffy on the longlist--though I still haven't read STATE OF HAPPINESS yet, I'm eagerly awaiting doing so and think her one of the finest social satirists and observers in fiction right now.

In any case, the shortlist will be announced on April 27 and the winner, up for a prize of 30 000 pounds, will be announced on June 8.

In related news, the Orange Prize has created a new award for "emerging talent." The winner will get 10,000 pounds, but unlike the parent award, short stories and novellas by debut female writers will be considered for this prize. The first winner will be announced next year to coincide with the main Orange Prize's 10th anniversary.

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