Do you have a favourite?

The 2010 Orange Prize for Fiction longlist
The Very Thought of You by Rosie Alison (Alma Books)

The Rehearsal by Eleanor Catton (Granta)

Savage Lands by Clare Clark (Harvill Secker)

Hearts and Minds by Amanda Craig (Little, Brown)

The Way Things Look to Me by Roopa Farooki (Pan Books)

The Twisted Heart by Rebecca Gowers (Canongate)

This is How by M J Hyland (Canongate)

Small Wars by Sadie Jones (Chatto & Windus)

The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver (Faber and Faber)

Secret Son by Laila Lalami (Viking)

The Long Song by Andrea Levy (Headline Review)

Black Water Rising by Attica Locke (Serpent’s Tail)

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (Fourth Estate)

The Wilding by Maria McCann (Faber and Faber)

Black Mamba Boy by Nadifa Mohamed (HarperCollins)

A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore (Faber and Faber)

The White Woman on the Green Bicycle
by Monique Roffey (Simon and Schuster)

The Still Point by Amy Sackville (Portobello Books)

The Help by Kathryn Stockett (Fig Tree)

The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters (Virago)


The judges are Daisy Goodwin (Chair), Baroness Neuberger DBE, Michèle Roberts, Miranda Sawyer and Alexandra Shulman.

The shortlist announcement will be made on 20 April 2010. The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony to be held in The Ballroom at the Royal Festival Hall on 9 June 2010.
Previous winners are Marilynne Robinson for Home (2009), Rose Tremain for The Road Home (2008), Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie for Half of a Yellow Sun (2007), Zadie Smith for On Beauty (2006), Lionel Shriver for We Need to Talk About Kevin (2005), Andrea Levy for Small Island (2004), Valerie Martin for Property (2003), Ann Patchett for Bel Canto (2002), Kate Grenville for The Idea of Perfection (2001), Linda Grant for When I Lived in Modern Times (2000), Suzanne Berne for A Crime in the Neighbourhood (1999), Carol Shields for Larry’s Party (1998), Anne Michaels for Fugitive Pieces (1997), and Helen Dunmore for A Spell of Winter (1996).

3 thoughts on “Do you have a favourite?

  1. Annie Clarkson

    Shame on me for only having read two of the books on the list. Sarah Waters I love… and I adored the Rehearsal by Eleanor Catton. Which ones would you recommend from the list?

  2. Michelle Post author

    Annie, like you I loved The Little Stranger. One of the longlisted novels I’m looking forward to reading is Maria McCann’s The Wilding. I’ve added The Rehearsal to my list.

    If you haven’t read Lorrie Moore’s A Gate at the Stairs, I recommend it. I imagine The Lacuna, Wolf Hall and The Little Stranger have good chances of being shortlisted.

  3. Julie

    Fantastic. I just read the descriptions for the ones I haven’t read, and “Black Mamba Boy” is another one that sounds very intriguing. Thank you!

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