The shortlist is announced!!
Here’s word for word from the Orange prize website:
London, 9.30am, 17 April 2012:The Orange Prize for Fiction, the UK’s only annual book award for fiction written by a woman, today announces the 2012 shortlist. Now in its seventeenth year, the Prize celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women’s writing throughout the world.
|Esi Edugyan||Half Blood Blues||Serpent’s Tail||Canadian||2nd Novel|
|Anne Enright||The Forgotten Waltz||Jonathan Cape||Irish||5th Novel|
|Georgina Harding||Painter of Silence||Bloomsbury||British||3rd Novel|
|Madeline Miller||The Song of Achilles||Bloomsbury||American||1st Novel|
|Cynthia Ozick||Foreign Bodies||Atlantic Books||American||7th Novel|
|Ann Patchett||State of Wonder||Bloomsbury||American||6th Novel|
The judges for the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction are:
- Joanna Trollope, (Chair), Writer
- Lisa Appignanesi, Writer, Novelist and Broadcaster
- Victoria Derbyshire, Journalist and Broadcaster
- Natalie Haynes, Writer and Broadcaster
- Natasha Kaplinsky, Broadcaster
This year’s shortlist honours both new and well-established authors, including a debut novelist and a previous Orange Prize winner; Ann Patchett, who won the Orange Prize for Fiction ten years ago for Bel Canto (2002).
“This is a shortlist of remarkable quality and variety,” commented Joanna Trollope, Chair of judges. “It includes six distinctive voices and subjects, four nationalities and an age range of close on half a century. It is a privilege to present it.”
She continues, “My only regret is that the rules of the prize don’t permit a longer shortlist. However, I am confident that the fourteen novels we had to leave out will make their own well-deserved way”.
“The Orange Prize has gone from strength to strength over the years and has established itself as a major international prize,” commented Stuart Jackson, Communications Director at Orange. “This is an exceptional shortlist reflecting the diversity and incredible range of female fiction that is available to readers today. Our judges have done a terrific job and will have a tough time choosing just one winner next month from this stellar shortlist of six.”
The award ceremony will take place in The Clore Ballroom, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London, on 30 May 2012.
What do I think about the shortlist?
Yes! Yes! Yes! I finished The Song of Achilles today (45 minutes ago on the train really) and I am amazed by it and I am sooo.. happy that The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller and The Forgotten Waltz by Anne Enright made the cut! I can’t choose between the two but I am leaning towards The Forgotten Waltz.
Which means there are only four other titles on the shortlists that I have to work through. I’ll run over and reserve the titles online now!
What about you? What do you think about the shortlist?