• Women’s Prize for Fiction 2013: Reading Challenge

    March 23, 2013 • Books

    “The list we have ended up with is, we believe, truly representative of that diversity of style, content and provenance, and contains those works which genuinely inspired the most excitement and passion amongst the judges.  I don’t anticipate the job becoming easier at the next stage!” Miranda Richardson, Chair of Judges

    It’s that time again… The Women’s Prize for Fiction 2013 (formerly known as the Orange Prize) was announced earlier last week and it unsurprisingly features some prominent members of the female literary scene, including previous Orange longlisters Hilary Mantel, Michèle Roberts  and Kate Atkinson, and two previous Orange prize-winners Zadie Smith (in 2006) and Barbara Kingsolver (in 2010). More surprising however are some notable absentees, including Alison Moore and Deborah Levy, whose books The Lighthouse and Swimming Home respectively made it onto last year’s Booker Prize shortlist.

    That being said, this year’s list provides a fairly healthy mix of offerings from both independent and conglomorate houses,  featuring seven British authors, seven American, one Israeli, one Turkish, one Canadian, one author from New Zealand, one from Australia and one British/Australian author. Six of the works listed are first time novels.

    For those looking for a reading challenge there is plenty of time to make a start on the list, the shortlist of which will be announced on the 16th April, with the awards following on the 5th June at the Ballroom in the Royal Festival Hall, London :

    Kitty Aldridge A Trick I Learned From Dead Men Jonathan Cape British

     3rd Novel

    Kate Atkinson Life After Life Doubleday British

    3rd Novel

    Ros Barber The Marlowe Papers Sceptre British

    1st Novel

    Shani Boianjiu The People of Forever are Not Afraid Hogarth Israeli

    1st Novel

    Gillian Flynn Gone Girl Weidenfeld & Nicolson American

      3rd Novel

    Sheila Heti How Should A Person Be? Harvill Secker Canadian

    2nd Novel

    A.M Homes May We Be Forgiven Granta American

    6th  Novel

    Barbara Kingsolver Flight Behaviour Faber & Faber American

    8th Novel

    Deborah Copaken Kogan The Red Book Virago American

    2nd Novel

    Hilary Mantel Bring Up the Bodies Fourth Estate British 10th Novel
    Bonnie Nadzam Lamb Hutchinson American

    1st Novel

    Emily Perkins The Forrests Bloomsbury Circus New Zealand

      4th Novel

    Michèle Roberts Ignorance Bloomsbury British 13th Novel
    Francesca Segal The Innocents Chatto & Windus British

    1st Novel

    Maria Semple Where’d You Go, Bernadette Weidenfeld & Nicolson American

     2nd Novel

    Elif Shafak Honour Viking Turkish

    7th Novel

    Zadie Smith NW Hamish Hamilton British

    4th Novel

    M.L. Stedman The Light Between Oceans Doubleday British/Australian

    1st Novel

    Carrie Tiffany Mateship with Birds Picador Australian

    2nd  Novel

    G. Willow Wilson Alif the Unseen Corvus Books American

    1st Novel

    The Women’s Prize has fostered a new partnership with Google for this year, who will be ‘working with the organisers on a number of new initiatives which will support the prize’s ambition of reaching a wider, international audience’. It is hoped that utilizing Google’s platforms such as Google+ and YouTube, will help to connect authors and judges with a large online audience from around the world so it will be interesting to see if this in turns helps to internationalise the list further in years to come. Only time will tell…

    Tell us what you think!