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Orange Prize for Fiction 2012

Orange Prize for Fiction 2012

In this special section we have the winner and all of the titles shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2012.

Featured Books
The Song of Achilles
Madeline Miller
Winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction 2012. A breathtakingly original rendering of the Trojan War - a devastating love story and a tale of gods and kings, immortal fame and the human heart.
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/04/2012

Half Blood Blues
Esi Edugyan
Shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2012. Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2011. Esi Edugyan weaves the horror of betrayal, the burden of loyalty and the possibility that, if you don't tell your story, someone else might tell it for...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/02/2012

The Forgotten Waltz
Anne Enright
Shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2012. Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 9 June 2011. With The Forgotten Waltz Enright turns her attention fully to love - you might even call it romance - as she follows...
Format: Paperback - Released: 29/03/2012

Foreign Bodies
Cynthia Ozick
Shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2012. Foreign Bodies is a dazzling and profound exploration of the human face of the central relationship in the last century: that between the old world and the new.
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/04/2012

Painter of Silence
Georgina Harding
Shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2012. An intimate and devastating portrait of Romania during and after the Second World War, through the prism of a moving and utterly original friendship
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/04/2012

State of Wonder
Ann Patchett
Shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2012. Shortlisted for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize 2011. There were people on the banks of the river. Among the tangled waterways and giant anacondas of the Brazilian Rio Negro, an enigmatic scientist is developing...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/04/2012

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STOP PRESS... The 2012 Orange Prize has been won by Madeline Miller for her novel The Song of Achilles.


The Orange Prize for Fiction first awarded in 1996 is the UK's largest annual literary award for a single novel. The only criteria are that the novel is by a woman writing in English and published in Britain. 2012 will be the last time the prize is sponsored by Orange.


The Orange Prize is also unique in having only female judges, this year they are:


Joanna Trollope, (Chair), Writer


Lisa Appignanesi, Writer, Novelist and Broadcaster


Victoria Derbyshire, Journalist and Broadcaster

Natalie Haynes
, Writer and Broadcaster

Natasha Kaplinsky
, Broadcaster



The award ceremony took will place in The Clore Ballroom, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London, on 30 May 2012. The winner Madeline Miller received  a cheque for £30,000 and a limited edition bronze figurine called the 'Bessie' - created by the artist Grizel Niven.


Previous winners have included Zadie Smith, Andrea Levy, Helen Dunmore, Anne Michaels, Carol Shields, Rose Tremain, Marilynne Robinson, Barbara Kingsolver and Téa Obreht.



“This is a shortlist of remarkable quality and variety,” commented Joanna Trollope, Chair of judges. “It includes six distinctive voices and subjects, four nationalities and an age range of close on half a century. It is a privilege to present it.”



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