Tuesday, April 27, 2004

The Orange Prize shortlist 

The finalists for the all-women's prize were announced earlier today:

Margaret Atwood, Oryx and Crake (Bloomsbury)
Shirley Hazzard, The Great Fire (Virago)
Andrea Levy, Small Island (Review)
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Purple Hibiscus (Fourth Estate)
Gillian Slovo, Ice Road (Little, Brown)
Rose Tremain, The Colour (Chatto and Windus)

It seems to be a rather surprising list, according to the Independent:

The Orange prize for fiction delivered its usual surprises yesterday by omitting the Man Booker contenders Monica Ali and Zoe Heller and the Nobel prize laureate Toni Morrison from its shortlist.

Instead, the £30,000 prize for women's writing will be contested by six writers including one first-time novelist, an author whose last work was published 23 years ago and two veterans.

Well let's see, we have one NBA winner, Margaret Atwood, and some other interesting choices. Would have loved to see Stella Duffy make the list, but one can't have everything, I suppose. The winner will be announced on June 8th.

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