2011 Orange Prize Shortlist

The 2011 shortlist for the 16th annual Orange prize has been announced.  The awards ceremony will be held at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre on the 8 June 2011.

The judges said:

“We are proud and pleased to announce our shortlist for the Orange Prize 2011,” commented Bettany Hughes, Chair of judges. “Our judging meeting fizzed for many hours with conversations about the originality, excellence and readability of the books in front of us – credit to the calibre of submissions this year.”

She continues, “The clarity and human-understanding on the page is simply breathtaking. The number of first-time novelists is an indicator of the rude health of women’s writing. The verve and scope of storylines pays compliment to the female imagination. There are no subjects these authors don’t dare to tackle. Even though the stories in our final choices range from kidnapping to colonialism, from the persistence of love to Balkan folk-memory, from hermaphroditism to abuse in care, the books are written with such a skilful lightness of touch, humour, sympathy and passion, they all make for an exhilarating and uplifting read. This shortlist should give hours of reading pleasure to the wider world.”

The shortlist:

  • Room by Emma Donoghue (Irish) – Picador; 7th Novel
  • The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna (British/Sierra Leonean) – Bloomsbury; 2nd Novel
  • Grace Williams Says it Loud by Emma Henderson (British) – Sceptre; 1st Novel
  • Great House by Nicole Krauss (American) – Viking; 3rd Novel
  • The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht (Serbian/American) – Weidenfeld & Nicolson; 1st Novel
  • Annabel by Kathleen Winter (Canadian) – Jonathan Cape; 1st Novel





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