Orange Prize for Fiction announces 2009 short list

Well-established and new, edgy authors equally represented on Orange list

The Orange Prize for Fiction shortlist has now been drawn up for the  Awards Ceremony in June.

The Orange is the UK’s only annual book award for fiction written by a woman. Now in its 14th year, the Prize celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women’s writing from throughout the world.

‘Choosing just six was far harder than I had imagined, but we all left the judging room proud of the list we have chosen’ said radio presenter Fi Glover, the chair of judges.

The six short-listed books are:

Scottsboro by Ellen Feldman,
Wilderness by Samantha Harvey
Invention of Everything Else, by Samantha Hunt
Molly Fox’s Birthday by Deirdre Madden
Home, by Marilynne Robinson
Burnt Shadows, by Kamila Shamsie

This year’s shortlist honours both new and well-established writers.

The Prize was set up in 1996 to celebrate and promote fiction by women throughout the world to the widest range of readers possible and is awarded for the best novel of the year written by a woman.

The winner will be presented with a cheque for £30,000 and a limited edition bronze statue known as ‘the Bessie’, created by artist Grizel Niven.

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