2010 Long List for Orange Prize for Fiction Announced

Today the Orange Prize Long List was announced and the nominees are:

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

I am really disappointed not to see The Children’s Book by A.S. Byatt on that list! I’ve already read The Help (read my review) which I loved; and Wolf Hall (read my review) which I barely got through. I have The Lacuna and The Little Stranger on my stacks to be read in the next few weeks. Everything else is pretty new to me…so I am looking forward to checking out these books!

What about you? Have you read anything on this list?

And just in case you were wondering, here is the upcoming schedule of announcements for the Orange Prize:

13 April 2010
Orange Award for New Writers shortlist announced

20 April 2010
Orange Prize for Fiction shortlist announced

9 June 2010
Awards Ceremony

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  1. I haven’t read any of those, but I do own two of them.

    • Lenore on March 17, 2010 at 08:39

    I’ve read Secret Son and The Help, both of which I really enjoyed. I also have The Lacuna and The Wilding in my pile so I will try to get to them soon. I am sure I’ll want to buy The Little Stranger soon!

  2. Byatt refuses to let her books be submitted for the Orange prize as she doesn’t like the fact the prize is only open to women, so that is why her book doesn’t appear (I didn’t know that until this week either)

    I have read The Help (loved), Little Stranger (enjoyed) and Wolf Hall (so bad I didn’t finish)

    I’m planning to read Black Mamba Boy and This is How in the next few weeks and then read the short list when it is announced. I may be tempted by a few others though!

  3. For a second I thought I wasn’t going to even recognize any of those. I’ve read Wolf Hall (liked it better than you, but it was a tough read), The Help (enjoyed), and The Little Stranger (very good). I have Small Wars, but I’ve not read it yet. I’ll have to make that a priority so I will have read at least four of the contenders.

    Thanks for posting about this!

  4. At a glance I like the list, though I’ve only read Wolf Hall and The Little Stranger. And I’ve started The Still Point, and so far it’s excellent.

    I have The Very Thought of You, Small Wars and This is How on hand, plus The Wilding and Savage Lands on order, so hopefully I will be able to evaluate things a little more come shortlist time.

  5. I’ve read NOTHING on the list. How sad is that? I do plan on reading “The Help” though.

  6. I have read The Help and am in the middle of Wolf Hall right now. Like you though, many of these books are new to me!

    • carolyn on March 18, 2010 at 06:37

    As you know, I’m still slowly struggling through Wolf Hall. Haven’t read Little Stranger yet, but as I’m a huge Fingersmith fan, I’m sure it will be wonderful. My sister finished Lacuna several weeks ago and still hasn’t stopped raving about it.

    • Kathy on March 18, 2010 at 16:23

    Wow, I have only heard of two of those and read only one, The Help. I am going to have to look these up and see if any look good to me.
    Thank you for posting the list.

    • Wendy on March 24, 2010 at 13:40

    Kathy (BermudaOnion): Well that’s a start!

    Lenore: The Help was so good, wasn’t it? I am planning to read The Little Stranger very soon!

    Jackie: Thanks for the heads up on Byatt’s refusal to be considered. At least it explains the slight for her terrific book! I just bought This is How – so I am especially interested in reading your thoughts on that one.

    Literate Housewife: Looks like you’ve made a good dent in the list. Looking forward to reading your thoughts on Small Wars as that has caught my eye.

    Fleur: Wow, you have a lot of these on your stacks – looking forward to reading your reviews 🙂

    Jenners: LOL – not sad, really …just means you are reading lots of other great books! The Help is wonderful – hope you love it.

    Stephanie: How are you liking Wolf Hall? I had such a hard time with that one!

    Carolyn: Let me know when you finally finish Wolf Hall!! Good to hear about The Lacuna…

    Kathy: You’re welcome – Don’t feel bad, most of these were brand new to me too!

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