April 17, 2008

Orange Short List

Go, Pat!!!

Awards: Orange Prize Shortlist Long on Debut Novels

Three of the six authors named to the Orange Prize shortlist are being honored for their first book. The Guardian reported that Chair of the judges Kirsty Lang said she was "extremely pleased" to see Sadie Jones, Heather O'Neill and Patricia Wood "on a list that reflects the scope, variety and international breadth of the Orange prize."

The Orange Prize shortlist:

The Outcast by Sadie Jones
Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O'Neill
Lottery by Patricia Wood
When We Were Bad by Charlotte Mendelson
The Road Home by Rose Tremain
Fault Lines by Nancy Huston

The prize celebrates fiction by women and is open to any novel written in English. The winner will receive £30,000 (US$58,893) at a ceremony in London's Royal Festival Hall on June 4.


  1. I haven't read Lottery yet, but I'm pulling for Pat! I know she chatted with OtPS, and her book came through ER. Good enough for me! :D

  2. Anonymous8:45 PM

    I had a patron hand me THE LOTTERY the other day in order to check it in. She told that I should definitely read that book. Guess I need to track it down and read it. I remember you loved it. Good luck to Pat, the author!

  3. Now I really need to read The Lottery. (Plus, it would qualify for the Book Awards Challenge for which I still need to read four or five books. By June.) Thanks for introducting it to me some time ago, and keeping me/us updated.

  4. Andi - I hope you find time to read it. It's quite memorable and one I plan to read again.

    Kay - I love that! Every so often one of our regulars tells me about a book they loved, hoping I'll read it, too. I'm with your patron. You should definitely read Lottery!

    Bellezza - Yes, you do!! :)


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