Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Slices of Orange

The Orange Prize for Fiction Longlist was released today (this morning at like midnight since it’s a UK prize but I’m sleeping and then working) but I thought you all might be just as interested to see what was on the list as I was. I love these lists, not just for my shear love of lists (of which it is vast) but because usually when I can get my hands on these books I tend to really like them. The list is varied – there are first time novelists as well as established novelists. Heck there is even a book on here I’ve read and two I have on my shelf and haven’t gotten around to reading yet (Mom, be proud to know that the 3 books you gave me for Christmas made this list - nice work, you!).

So without further ado, here you go: (the hyperlinks are to amazon when it is available in the US).

· The Very Thought of You’ by Rosie Alison

· The Rehearsal’ by Eleanor Catton

· Savage Lands’ by Clare Clark

· Hearts and Minds’ by Amanda Craig

· 'The Way Things Look to Me' by Roopka Farooki

· The Twisted Heart by Rebecca Gowers

· This is How by M. J. Hyland

· Small Wars’ by Sadie Jones

· 'The Lacuna' By Barbara Kingslover - link is to my review!

· Secret Son’ by Laila Lalami

· 'The Long Song'
by Andrea Levy

· Black Water Rising’ by Attica Locke

· The Wilding’ by Maria McCann

· Wolf Hall
by Hilary Mantel

· Black Mamba Boy
by Nadifa Mohamed

· A Gate at the Stairs
by Lorrie Moore

· The White Woman on the Green Bicycle
by Monique Roffey

· 'The Still Point' by Amy Sackville

· The Help
by Kathryn Stockett

· The Little Stranger
by Sarah Waters

Which ones have you read that you recommend? Which ones do you want to read?


  1. I was at dinner with my husband, and I still looked up the longlist on my phone the moment it was announced. The Orange Prize is probably my favorite book award because it is so varied and it introduces me to so many great first authors. I hope to read all twenty this year. I want to read them all, even though I've heard mixed and mediocre things about The Lacuna and A Gate at the Stairs. I'm eagerly anticipating the short list next month!

  2. I'm embarrassed to say I haven't read a single one of these! I know I will get around to it one of these days...


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