The Orange Prize Project

No Time Limit

In the spirit of some of the other award winning perpetual reading challenges, I decided to host this long-term project in which the participants will read all books that have won or been short listed for the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction AND the Orange Broadband Award for New Writers. There is no time limit.For those readers who want to go further than the short lists, I have also provided a list of the titles which appeared annually on the long list for the Orange Prize for Fiction. Reading from the long lists is not required, by could be viewed as “extra credit!”

I have started a blog dedicated to this challenge which is open for contribution by challenge participants. Please go to The Orange Prize Project blog for further guidelines and to join up!

My Progress List and goals:

To see the entire list of winners and nominees, view my progress and get links to reviews for the  Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction, please visit THIS PAGE.

To see the entire list of winners and nominees, view my progress and get links to reviews for the Orange Broadband Award for New Writers, please visit THIS PAGE.

My goal for 2009: 10 books from the lists below


  • The Road Home, by Rose Tremain (2008)
  • The Lizard Cage, by Karen Connelly (New Writers 2007)
  • On Beauty, by Zadie Smith (2006)
  • We Need to Talk About Kevin (2005)
  • Small Island, by Andrea Levy (2004)
  • Bel Canto, by Ann Patchett (2002)
  • The Idea of Perfection, by Kate Grenville (2001)
  • Fugitive Pieces, by Anne Michaels (1997)
  • A Spell of Winter, by Helen Dunmore (1996)


  • Fault Lines, by Nancy Huston (short list 2008)
  • The Septembers of Shiraz, by Dalia Sofer (long list 2008)
  • The Monsters of Templeton, by Lauren Groff (New Writers short list 2008)
  • Digging to America, by Anne Tyler (short list 2007)
  • What Was Lost, by Catherine O’Flynn (long list 2007)
  • Minaret, by Leila Aboulela (long list 2006)
  • The Mammoth Cheese, by Sheri Holman (short list 2005)
  • A Short History of Tractors in Ukranian, by Marina Lewycka (short liet 2005)
  • Case Histories, by Kate Atkinson (long list 2005)
  • Ice Road, by Gillian Slovo (short list 2004)
  • The Amateur Marriage, by Anne Tyler (long list 2004)
  • What I Loved, by Siri Hustvedt (long list 2003)
  • In the Forest, by Edna O’Brien (long list 2003)
  • Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold (long list 2003)
  • Fingersmith, by Sarah Waters (short list 2002)
  • Five Quarters of an Orange, by Joanne Harris (long list 2002)
  • Amy and Isabelle, by Elizabeth Strout (short list 2000)
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    • Anonymous on February 6, 2008 at 17:51

    I admire your tenacity! I looked for Half of a Yellow Sun the other day and couldn’t find it. Bought Water for Elephants instead. 😮
    I’m glad I wasn’t the only one who didn’t care for Gilead. I can’t remember if I knew that or not.

    • Anonymous on February 8, 2008 at 15:46

    Oh, I hope you can eventually find Half of a Yellow Sun – it is a fabulous read.
    I found Gilead beyond boring. I probably wouldn’t have finished it except I was reading it for a book club read. yawn!

    • Anonymous on February 9, 2008 at 02:15

    Hi, Wendy! I have a question about challenges…would you email me at trishDOTbrowningATgmailDOTcom? Thanks in advance!!!

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