Orange Prize For Fiction, Longlist And Shortlist

May 18, 2011

Launched in 1996, the Orange Prize celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women’s writing from throughout the world. The winner, announced on June 8th, will receive a check for £30,000 (nearly $50,000) and a limited edition bronze known as a ‘Bessie’, created by the artist Grizel Niven (David Niven’s elder sister).

The 2011 Orange Prize Shortlist:

* Room by Emma Donoghue  – Irish; 7th Novel

* The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna  – British/Sierra Leonean; 2nd Novel

* Grace Williams Says it Loud by Emma Henderson  – British; 1st Novel

* Great House by Nicole Krauss  – American; 3rd Novel

* The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht  – Serbian/American; 1st Novel

* Annabel by Kathleen Winter  – Canadian; 1st Novel

The 2011 Orange Prize Longlist (minus the shortlisted novels):

* Lyrics Alley by Leila Aboulela  – Sudanese; 3rd Novel

* Jamrach’s Menagerie by Carol Birch  – British; 10th Novel

* The Pleasure Seekers by Tishani Doshi  – Indian; 1st Novel

* Whatever You Love by Louise Doughty  – British; 6th Novel

* A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan  – American; 4th Novel

* The London Train by Tessa Hadley  – British; 4th Novel

* The Seas by Samantha Hunt  – American; 1st Novel

* The Birth of Love by Joanna Kavenna  – British; 2nd Novel

* The Road to Wanting by Wendy Law-Yone  – American; 3rd Novel

* The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer  – American; 1st Novel

* Repeat it Today with Tears by Anne Peile  – British; 1st Novel

* Swamplandia! by Karen Russell  – American; 1st Novel

* The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives by Lola Shoneyin  – British/Nigerian; 1st Novel

* The Swimmer by Roma Tearne  – British; 4th Novel

The judges for the 2011 Orange Prize for Fiction are:

Bettany Hughes, (Chair), Broadcaster, Historian and Author

Liz Calder, founder-director of Bloomsbury Publishing and Full Circle Editions

Tracy Chevalier, Novelist

Helen Lederer, Actress and Writer

Susanna Reid, Journalist and Broadcaster