The winner of the book award receives £30,000, along with a bronze sculpture called the "Bessie"
created by artist Grizel Niven, the sister of actor/writer David Niven. 2005 saw the introduction of the new Orange Broadband Award for New Writers which takes the form of a £10,000 bursary, provided by Arts Council England.
The Orange Prize for Fiction, the UK’s only annual book award for fiction written by a woman, today announces the 2011 shortlist. Celebrating its sixteenth anniversary this year, the Prize celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women’s writing from throughout the world.
Orange New Writers prize.
Australian Indie bookseller Evie Wyld has been shortlisted for After the Fire, a Still Small Voice
which won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize in December last year.
Her novel is up against Jane Borodale’s 18th-century set The Book of Fires
a nd The Boy Next Door
by Zimbabwean author Irene Sabatini.
2009 Orange Prize Winner
4th June, 2009- The 2009 Orange Prize
, has been won by American Marilynne Robinson
for her novel : Home(Virago),
Robinson, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 2005 for her novel Gilead
, revisits the setting and some of the characters from her previous work, creating in Home,
described by the judges, as “a kind, wise, enriching novel, exquisitely crafted.”
2009 Orange Prize Other Shortlisted
In Alabama, 1931, a posse stops a freight train and arrests nine black youths. Their crime: fighting withwhite boys. Then two white girls emerge from another freight car, and the cry of rape goes up. A young journalist fights to save the nine...
Louisa is an imaginative and curious chambermaid who, while cleaning rooms at the New Yorker Hotel,stumbles across a man living permanently in room 3327, which he has transformed into a scientific laboratory. Louisa discovers that the mysterious...
Dublin. Midsummer. While absent in New York, the celebrated actor Molly Fox has loaned her house to a playwright friend, who is struggling to write a new work. Over the course of this, the longest day of the year, the playwright reflects upon her...
Kamila Shamsie: Burnt Shadows
(Bloomsbury), Pakistani/British, 5th Novel
In a prison cell in the US, a man stands trembling, naked, fearfully waiting to be shipped to GuantanamoBay. How did it come to this? he wonders August 9th, 1945, Nagasaki. Hiroko Tanaka steps out onto her veranda, taking in the view of the...
2009 New Orange Broadband New Writers Award Winner & Shortlist
Jennet Mallow is born in Yorkshire in the 1920s but her interest in art and creativityalienates her from her family, her father who is a priest, her conventional sister and her emotionally stunted mother. Jennet moves to London in search of a more exciting life and finds it in her new environment and in the handsome and enigmatic figure of the painter David Heaton. When Jennet falls pregnant, her parents more or less force the two to marry. In the post-war austerity of the 1940s, the young couple struggles to make ends meet and Jennet finds that her home life is gradually eroding everything she has fought to achieve. Aware that David is becoming increasingly reliant on drink and tired of the dank and drab bed-sit in which they live, Jennet suggests they move to Spain. There, the bright blue skies, warm air and sunlit beaches give the couple and their children a new lease of life. Jennet begins to paint again and an agent takes an interest in her work. But as Jennet's own career begins to take off, her relationship with David sours and the two enter a destructive spiral with tragic consequences.
A brutally honest, linguistically inventive and profoundly moving novel that will inspire a generation of readers Joon is a young Korean immigrant living in the Bronx of the 1980s. Her parents have crumbled under the weight of her father's...
It is 1917 in the South Dakota Badlands, and summer has been hard. Fourteen years have passed since Rachel andIsaac DuPree left Chicago to stake a claim in this unforgiving land. Isaac, a former Buffalo Soldier, is proud: black families are rare...
2009 Orange Prize Other Longlisted
Desperate Housewives meets Six Feet Under in this brilliantly moving and darkly comic novel, which charts the attempts of dying heroine Delia -- a modern day Mrs Beeton -- to prepare her family for the future and lay to rest a ghost from her past.
Alfred Gibson's funeral has taken place at Westminster Abbey, and his wife of twenty years, Dorothea, has not been invited. Dorothea is comforted by her feisty daughter Kitty, until an invitation for a private audience with Queen Victoria arrives...
In 1940, every draft of every film script had to be approved by the Ministry of Information. Newly crowned actor, script-writer, costumier and military attache must swallow their mutual distaste, ill-will and mistrust and unite for the common...
Bernadine Evaristo: Blonde Roots
(Hamish Hamilton), British, 4th Novel
Presents an imaginative inversion of the transatlantic slave trade - in which 'whytes' are enslaved by black people. This title brings the shackles and cries of long-ago barbarity uncomfortably close and raises questions about the society.
In 1837 an ailing Elizabeth Barrett is confined to bed, suffering debilitating illness. Longing for a return to health and mobility, she corresponds with friends, endures uncomfortable remedies, writes poetry and frets over her father and siblings. On the Barrett estate in Jamaica a Creole maidservant named Kaydia is struggling to save her child from the abusive attentions of the master. In the cane fields, indentured laborer and former slave Sheba mourns the loss of her lover.
V.V. Ganeshananthan: Love Marriage
(Weidenfeld & Nicolson), American, 1st Novel
Allegra Goodman: Intuition
(Atlantic Books), American, 6th Novel
Michelle de Kretser: The Lost Dog (
Chatto & Windus), Australian, 3rd Novel
Toni Morrison: A Mercy
(Chatto & Windus), American, 9th Novel
Curtis Sittenfeld: American Wife (Doubleday), American, 3rd Novel
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