The State of Wonder has finally come through from my reservation list after waiting for 5 weeks. I’m not sure if I have the will to read it and review it before the prize is announced.
These are my review for the following 5 books I have read so far.
- The Forgotten Waltz by Anne Enright
- The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
- Foreign Bodies by Cynthia Ozick
- Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan
- Painter of Silence by Georgina Harding
Experience shows none of us could accurately predict who will win but if any of these three win, number 1, 2 and 4 on my list, it would make me a happy woman. I think they are entertaining and deeply affecting read and the Orange Prize is the best thing in the world of literature since slice bread.
Having said that I read a sad and disappointing news about Orange Prize yesterday. The Orange Prize for women’s fiction has suffered a major setback after the mobile phone giant announced yesterday it would end its 17-year sponsorship.
But author Kate Mosse, the prize’s honorary director, said she was confident a new backer would be found and the prize would seize the moment to “go global”.
“The home of the prize is in the UK. But we would like to be able to grow the prize and take it into different international markets. Technology has made the world smaller. The idea of starting to talk to writers and readers all over the world feels quite exciting.” Ms Mosse said. Hmm.. I don’t quite get this, I thought Orange prize is international?
There are hopes of a new name and sponsor by September.
What will the prize be called in the future? Mango? Apple? Or Pear prize? We will just have to wait and see!