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Orange Prize for Fiction longlist announced

16th March 2011

The longlist for the 2011 Orange Prize for Fiction has been announced, with nine debut authors featuring in the 20-strong list.

First-time novelists include Tea Obreht, Kathleen Winter and Anne Peile, who when not writing her next book works for Foyles. Her novel Repeat it Today with Tears was recently described as 'a heartbreakingly fated love affair' by the Guardian.

Chairman of the judges Bettany Hughes said the longlist for the award, which carries a GBP 30,000 prize and is open to fiction published by female authors in the last year, includes 'works of searing originality and epic scale'.

'It was a huge tussle to get the list down to 20, but what we have is a gorgeous, widely varied longlist - we'll certainly enjoy re-reading each and every one,' she added.

A shortlist for the award will be announced on April 12th, with the winner crowned at a ceremony on June 8th.

The 2010 Orange Prize for Fiction was won by Barbara Kinsgolver for The Lacuna, described by the judging panel as 'a book of breathtaking scale and shattering moments of poignancy'.

The complete longlist for the 2011 Orange Prize for Fiction, which can also be found here, is as follows:

 

Lyrics Alley - Leila Aboulela
Jamrach's Menagerie - Carol Birch
Room - Emma Donoghue
The Pleasure Seekers - Tishani Doshi
Whatever You Love - Louise Doughty
A Visit from the Goon Squad - Jennifer Egan
The Memory of Love - Aminatta Forna
The London Train - Tessa Hadley
Grace Williams Says it Loud - Emma Henderson
The Seas - Samantha Hunt
The Birth of Love - Joanna Kavenna
Great House - Nicole Krauss
The Road to Wanting - Wendy Law-Yone
The Tiger's Wife - Tea Obreht
The Invisible Bridge - Julie Orringer
Repeat it Today with Tears - Anne Peile
Swamplandia! - Karen Russell
The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives - Lola Shoneyin
The Swimmer - Roma Tearne
Annabel - Kathleen Winter
 

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