Wednesday, March 17, 2010

2010 Orange Prize for Fiction Longlist

TWENTY BOOKS have been longlisted for the 2010 Orange Prize for Fiction from a pool of some 129 submissions, a mixed bag of established (M.J. Hyland, Barbara Kingsolver, Andrea Levy, Hilary Mantel, Lorrie Moore, Sarah Waters) and first-time (Rosie Alison, Eleanor Catton, Laila Lalami, Nadifa Mohamed, Amy Sackville, Kathryn Stockett, Attica Locke) novelists. Of course, Levy has won the prize before for Small Island in 2004 and Mantel won the 2009 Man Booker Prize and the 2009 National Book Critics Circle Award for Wolf Hall. Faber & Faber has three books on the longlist: The Lacuna, The Wilding and A Gate at the Stairs, while Canongate has two: The Twisted Heart and This Is How. Will Levy, Mantel and Waters make it to the shortlist? What about Craig, Hyland and McCann?

1. The Very Thought of You (Alma Books) / Rosie Alison
2. The Rehearsal (Granta) / Eleanor Catton
3. Savage Lands (Harvill Secker) / Clare Clark
4. Hearts and Minds (Little, Brown, 2010) / Amanda Craig
5. The Way Things Look to Me (Pan Books, 2009) / Roopa Farooki
6. The Twisted Heart (Canongate, 2009) / Rebecca Gowers
7. This Is How (Canongate, 2009) / M.J. Hyland
8. Small Wars (Chatto & Windus, 2009) / Sadie Jones
9. The Lacuna (Faber & Faber, 2010) / Barbara Kingsolver
10. Secret Son (Viking, 2009) / Laila Lalami
11. The Long Song (Headline Review, 2010) / Andrea Levy
12. Black Water Rising (Serpent’s Tail, 2009) / Attica Locke
13. The Wilding (Faber & Faber, 2010) / Maria McCann
14. Wolf Hall (Fourth Estate, 2009) / Hilary Mantel
15. Black Mamba Boy (HarperCollins, 2010) / Nadifa Mohamed
16. A Gate at the Stairs (Faber & Faber, 2009) / Lorrie Moore
17. The White Woman on the Green Bicycle (Simon & Schuster, 2009) / Monique Roffey
18. The Still Point (Portobello Books, 2010) / Amy Sackville
19. The Help (Fig Tree, 2009) / Kathryn Stockett
20. The Little Stranger (Virago, 2009) / Sarah Waters

A shortlist of six novels will be announced on April 20, 2010


Anonymous Anonymous said...

In this day and age to have a women-writers only prize is highly discriminatory! It sends the wrong message that women are not good enough to compete in a level playing field. Imagine the furore raised if a prize exists where only whites are eligible or only men are allowed...!!!!

Thursday, March 18, 2010 1:09:00 AM  

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