Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Mantel up for Orange Prize...

The shortlist for the Orange Prize for Fiction has been announced today. Leading the pack is Hilary Mantel, whose historical novel 'Wolf Hall' won the Booker Prize in 2009. The list is completed by two first timers, Rosie Allison and Attica Locke, two American authors, Lorrie Moore and Barbara Kingsolver, and Anglo-Trinidadian Monique Roffey.

Established 15 years ago, The Orange Prize exists to recognise 'excellence, originality and accessibility' in women's writing, and indeed, this year's competitors 'achieve the near impossible of combining literary merit with sheer readability'. Each shortlisted author will read extracts from their work, before the winner of the £30,000 prize is announced on June 9th.

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