Orange Prize Long List 2010

Well here it is:

2010 Orange Prize for Fiction longlist:

Rosie Alison: The Very Thought of You
Eleanor Catton: The Rehearsal
Clare Clark: Savage Lands
Amanda Craig: Hearts and Minds
Roopa Farooki: The Way Things Look to Me
Rebecca Gowers: The Twisted Heart
M.J. Hyland: This is How
Sadie Jones: Small Wars
Barbara Kingsolver: The Lacuna
Laila Lalami: Secret Son
Andrea Levy: The Long Song
Attica Locke: Black Water Rising
Maria McCann: The Wilding
Hilary Mantel: Wolf Hall
Nadifa Mohamed: Black Mamba Boy
Lorrie Moore: A Gate at the Stairs
Monique Roffey: The White Woman on the Green Bicycle
Amy Sackville: The Still Point
Kathryn Stockett: The Help

I’ve read Wolf Hall and another one of  Andrea Levy’s, but I don’t know the others. Oh wait, maybe I’ve read a novel by Roopa Farooki too. Has anyone here read any of  the others? and if so, how did you get on with them?

thanks. 🙂

Author: Isobel

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15 thoughts on “Orange Prize Long List 2010”

  1. Well someone has to say it and you knew it was going to be me. Why the need for an all-female literary prize? Does it help or hinder the cause of women authors? I would have thought that over the years they have done pretty well for themselves in this regard. It strikes me as being a consolation because they are not really good enough to compete with the men, though I don’t suppose that is its purpose.

  2. I’ve just learned that Hilary Mantel won a major literary prize in the US for Wolf Hall.
    I wonder what the odds are for her winning this one too.
    Maybe we could have a sweepstake.

  3. Interestingly the Booker Prize for 1970 is about to be awarded.
    The Booker was originally given to a book published in the previous year. But since 1971 it has been given to the best novel of the current year so books published in 1970 were never eligible.

    Perhaps that is a better way of awarding prizes for music, films and literature. If the work is still admired after 40 years (well maybe 5 would be more practical) then it is more worthy of the honour.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/arts_and_culture/8586981.stm

  4. I do think that’s an interesting idea Sipu. My only caveat is that bookshops and libraries increasingly only stock the top selling books, which are not necessarily those with the most merit. So many good books are not rediscovered by new readers a few years down the line, because they disappear from view.
    Having recently gone back to Len Deighton and wanting to re-read more, I have found it v hard to get any of his books, and have to swoop on them in charity shops when I see them.

  5. Isobel, have you heard of Project Gutenberg? http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page

    I think it is wonderful that all those books that are out of copyright will become available as ebooks. I am afraid that I tend only to read books that have been around for a long time and are still considered worth reading. I pretty much keep to the classics except if I am away from home when I somehow feel that I am allowed to read something lighter. Having said that I am reading Niall Ferguson’s Ascent of Money.

  6. I am on a bit of a Hilary Mantel binge as i was blown away by Wolf Hall. There’s a book by Anne Michaels I want to read, but it’s not in the library or my local bookshop. I’m also reading some non-fiction, about London’s history. I started to read The Kindness of strangers by Kate Adie in the library, but didn’t have my card with me. I was enjoying it, so i’ll see if i can borrow it next time I’m in. E-books don’t appeal. I may be converted, but I think it’ll take a while. Have you heard of Abebooks?
    I love good fiction, and the power it has to take you completely away from the here and now. Bliss. So, on that note, perhaps I should get off to bed and have a bit of reading time before I go to sleep.

  7. I am reading Wolf Hall, have read another Andrea Levy and have read another Barbara Kingsolver. The others are unknown to me. Both the Levy and Kingsolver novels I read were brilliant.

  8. No, Isobel, I haven’t heard of any except Hilary Mantel. I tend to wait and see which books have staying power after all the hoo-ha of the prizes. I think charity shops are as good as any place for book buying.

  9. Sheona, I can highly recommend both Small Island, Andrea Levy and Barbara Kingsolver’s book, The Poisonwood Bible, both of which you may see in Second-hand book shops. Snap ’em up!

  10. Pseu: Yes I enjoyed Small Island too. It was my GP who recommended it to me. Are you enjoying Wolf Hall? I loved it. I’ll look for the Kingsolver on your recommendation.
    I just saw the Roopa Farooki one in the library, but it was a Large Print version which makes me think something has happened to my eyes…
    Sheona:My trouble is I have too many books and I have to cull them periodically which I often find painful, so where possible, I borrow from the library and try to restrict my buying to ones I know I am going to dip into again or reread. Thus my grouse about libraries attitudes towards books that haven’t been borrowed for twelve months.
    Sipu: I was just looking at the i-pad and thinking, well maybe, when the price comes down…

  11. I need a good long stint with Wolf hall to get my teeth into it. I have to keep checking back on the names and family trees as history is not my strongest point. It is a book club read for June, so I’ve left plenty of time!

  12. Pseu, I’ve just bought her novel about the French Revolution and there are several pages at the front explaining who the characters are…
    I shall read it when I have tackled some important work, or I can see that will never get done.

  13. Isobel, I have not stretched to an iPad or Kindle myself, yet, but I expect to get one at some point. I love the idea of all those books being available. I appreciate that nothing quite beats the real thing, but I am not a possessions sort of person. In fact I hate possessions; they do tie one down. So buying a book that I will read and discard is an extravagance. I tend to use the library, but often find the book I want is not there and I am too impatient to wait for it. As I said, though, its the classics that interest me most.

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