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Orange Prize for Fiction

Written by jen, 21st April 2009

The shortlist for the Orange Prize for Fiction has been announced today. The books that are in the running for the  £30,000 prize (and a limited edition bronze figurine called the 'Bessie' - both anonymously endowed) are:

Ellen Feldman

The Wilderness
Samantha Harvey

The Invention of Everything Else
Samantha Hunt

Molly Fox's Birthday
Deirdre Madden

Marilynne Robinson

Burnt Shadows
Kamila Shamsie

In issue 32 of The Reader magazine we published an exclusive extract from Marilynne Robinson's Home (if you haven't read the whole novel yet, why not buy a copy of the magazine for a taster?), so we're delighted to see that it's been nominated for this award. Perhaps it will follow in the path of Liverpool Reads' book 2007, Small Island , which won the award in 2004.

Have you read any of this years shortlisted books? Are you going to? If so, we'd love to hear from you: send in your reviews (no more than 100 words, please) to and we'll post them on this blog. Keep on the look out for thoughts from our staff on the shortlisted books too.

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