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The 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction – The Longlist

The 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction - The Longlist

The Orange Prize celebrates fiction written by women from authors across the world.  It is now in it’s 17th year.  The shortlist will be announced April 17th and the award will be held on May 30.  The judges are: Joanna Trollope, (Chair), Writer; Lisa Appignanesi, Writer, Novelist and Broadcaster; Victoria Derbyshire, Journalist and Broadcaster; Natalie Haynes, Writer and Broadcaster; Natasha Kaplinsky, Broadcaster.


Island of Wings by Karin Altenberg (Quercus) – Swedish; 1st Novel

On the Floor by Aifric Campbell (Serpent’s Tail) – Irish; 3rd Novel

The Grief of Others by Leah Hager Cohen (The Clerkenwell Press) – American; 4th Novel

The Sealed Letter by Emma Donoghue (Picador) – Irish; 7th Novel

Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan (Serpent’s Tail) – Canadian; 2nd Novel

The Forgotten Waltz by Anne Enright (Jonathan Cape) – Irish; 5th Novel

The Flying Man by Roopa Farooki (Headline Review) – British; 5th Novel

Lord of Misrule by Jaimy Gordon (Quercus) – American; 4th Novel

Painter of Silence by Georgina Harding (Bloomsbury) – British; 3rd Novel

Gillespie and I by Jane Harris (Faber & Faber) – British; 2nd Novel

The Translation of the Bones by Francesca Kay (Weidenfeld & Nicolson) – British; 2nd Novel

The Blue Book by A.L. Kennedy (Jonathan Cape) – British; 6th Novel

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (Harvill Secker) – American; 1st Novel

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (Bloomsbury) – American; 1st Novel

Foreign Bodies by Cynthia Ozick (Atlantic Books) – American; 7th Novel

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett (Bloomsbury) – American; 6th Novel

There but for the by Ali Smith (Hamish Hamilton) – British; 5th Novel

The Pink Hotel by Anna Stothard (Alma Books) – British; 2nd Novel

Tides of War by Stella Tillyard (Chatto & Windus) – British; 1st Novel

The Submission by Amy Waldman (William Heinemann) – American; 1st Novel

Previous winners:

Helen Dunmore for A Spell of Winter (1996), Anne Michaels for Fugitive Pieces (1997), Carol Shields for Larry’s Party (1998), Suzanne Berne for A Crime in the Neighbourhood (1999), Linda Grant for When I Lived in Modern Times (2000), Kate Grenville for The Idea of Perfection (2001), Ann Patchett for Bel Canto (2002) Valerie Martin for Property (2003), Andrea Levy for Small Island (2004), Lionel Shriver for We Need to Talk about Kevin (2005), Zadie Smith for On Beauty (2006), Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie for Half of a Yellow Sun (2007), Rose Tremain for The Road Home (2008), Marilyn Robinson for Home (2009), Barbara Kingsolver for The Lacuna (2010) and Téa Obreht for The Tiger’s Wife (2011).

Going to put the ones I can get on my reading list.

Orange prize for fiction longlist shows diversity of historical novels (The Guardian)

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