Orange Prize for Fiction 2010 longlist

 The Orange Prize for Fiction 2010 longlist was released recently. Out of a total of 129 books entered the following 20 books were chosen:

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

The Orange Prize celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women’s writing. The longlist includes a few well-known names such as Hilary Mantel who recently won the Booker Prize for Wolf Hall, Sarah Waters whose The Little Stranger was short listed for the Booker, and Andrea Levy whose previous book Small Island won the Orange Prize in 2004 and was recently dramatised on BBC-tv. The longlist includes seven first-time novelists: Rosie Alison, Eleanor Catton, Laila Lalami, Attica Locke, Nadifa Mohamed, Amy Sackville, and Kathryn Stockett.

A shortlist will be revealed on 20 April and the winning book will be revealed at a ceremony on 9 June.

Last year’s winner was Marilynne Robinson for Home.

Media comment tended to highlight Orange chairwoman Daisy Goodwin’s comments about this year’s books being a rather ‘humourless’ and ‘dismal’ read: ‘There’s not been much wit and not much joy, there’s a lot of grimness out there. There are a lot of books about Asian sisters. There are a lot of books that start with a rape. Pleasure seems to have become a rather neglected element in publishing.’

The Guardian: Spare us your misery, Orange prize judge tells authors

The Independent: Spare me the misery lit, says Orange Prize judge


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