Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Hilary Mantel on Orange Prize longlist

Booker Prize winner Hilary Mantel has been longlisted for this year's Orange Prize for Fiction. Mantel has been nominated for her historical novel Wolf Hall, based on Henry VIII's adviser Thomas Cromwell.

She is joined on the 20-strong list by fellow Booker nominee Sarah Waters, previous Orange Prize winner Andrea Levy, and seven first-time novelists.

Now in its 15th year, the Orange Prize celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women's writing.

'Tough process'
A shortlist will be revealed on 20 April, with the winner announced at a ceremony on 9 June, where the prize of £30,000 will be presented. Author and TV producer Daisy Goodwin, chairwoman of the judges, said it was a "muscular and pleasurable" longlist.

"It was a tough judging process as there was a particularly strong range of books submitted from all over the world," she said.

Full report here BBC
More about the Orange Prize here

The longlist in full:

Rosie Alison - The Very Thought of You
Eleanor Catton - The Rehearsal
Clare Clark - Savage Lands
Amanda Craig - Hearts and Minds
Roopa Farooki -The Way Things Look to Me
Rebecca Gowers - The Twisted Heart
MJ Hyland - This is How
Sadie Jones - Small Wars
Barbara Kingsolver - The Lacuna
Laila Lalami - Secret Son
Andrea Levy - The Long Song
Attica Locke - Black Water Rising
Hilary Mantel - Wolf Hall
Maria McCann - The Wilding
Nadifa Mohamed - Black Mamba Boy
Lorrie Moore - A Gate at the Stairs
Monique Roffey - The White Woman on the Green Bicycle
Amy Sackville - The Still Point
Kathryn Stockett - The Help
Sarah Waters - The Little Stranger

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