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Téa Obreht wins 2011 Orange Prize for Fiction

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19.15pm, London, 8 June 2011 – Serbian/American author Téa Obreht has won the 2011 Orange Prize for Fiction with her debut novel The Tiger's Wife (Weidenfeld & Nicolson). At 25, Obreht is the youngest-ever author to take the Prize.

Celebrating its sixteenth anniversary this year, the Prize celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women's writing from throughout the world.

At an awards ceremony at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London, hosted by Orange Prize for Fiction Co-Founder and Honorary Director, Kate Mosse, the 2011 Chair of Judges, Bettany Hughes, presented the author with the £30,000 prize and the ‘Bessie', a limited edition bronze figurine. Both are anonymously endowed.

Bettany Hughes, Chair of Judges, said: "'The Tiger's Wife is an exceptional book and Téa Obreht is a truly exciting new talent. Obreht's powers of observation and her understanding of the world are remarkable. By skilfully spinning a series of magical tales she has managed to bring the tragedy of chronic Balkan conflict thumping into our front rooms with a bittersweet vivacity."

She continues, "The book reminds us how easily we can slip into barbarity, but also of the breadth and depth of human love. Obreht celebrates storytelling and she helps us to remember that it is the stories that we tell about ourselves, and about others, that can make us who we are and the world what it is."

The Orange Prize for Fiction was set up in 1996 to celebrate and promote fiction written by women throughout the world to the widest range of readers possible. The Orange Prize is awarded to the best novel of the year written in English by a woman.

The judges for the 2011 Orange Prize for Fiction are:

Bettany Hughes, (Chair), Broadcaster, Historian and Author

Liz Calder, founder-director of Bloomsbury Publishing and Full Circle Editions

Tracy Chevalier, Novelist

Helen Lederer, Actress and Writer

Susanna Reid, Journalist and Broadcaster

Stuart Jackson, Brand Communications Director at Orange, said: "2011 has been a particularly exciting year for us. We've engaged a whole new generation of readers by taking the Orange Prize digital. Our new online and mobile Orange Book store is giving readers a truly 21st century book-buying and reading experience, allowing them to interact with a vast catalogue of superb literary feasts, including this year's remarkable and rich Orange Prize for Fiction shortlist. It's a shortlist that reflects the fantastic range and diversity of women's fiction - but even from such an exceptional bunch of authors, there can only be one winner. Many congratulations to Téa Obreht."

Téa Obreht

Téa Obreht was born in 1985 in the former Yugoslavia and raised in Belgrade. In 1992 her family moved to Cyprus and then to Egypt, where she learned to speak and read English, eventually immigrating to the United States in 1997. After graduating from the University of Southern California, Téa received her MFA in Fiction from the Creative Writing Program at Cornell University in 2009. Téa was featured in The New Yorker's Top 20 Writers under 40 Fiction Issue (June 2010) and at 24, was the youngest on the list. Her short story, The Laugh, debuted in The Atlantic fiction issue and was then chosen for The Best American Short Stories 2010, a further short story, The Sentry, featured in the Guardian Summer Fiction Issue. Her journalism has appeared in Harper's magazine and she lives in Ithaca, New York.

The Tiger's Wife

A tiger escapes from the local zoo, padding through the ruined streets and onwards, to a ridge above the Balkan village of Galina. His nocturnal visits hold the villagers in a terrified thrall. But for one boy, the tiger is a thing of magic - Shere Khan awoken from the pages of The Jungle Book.

Years later, in a Balkan country ravaged by conflict, Natalia, a young doctor, is visiting an orphanage when she receives word of her beloved grandfather's death far from their home in mysterious circumstances. Remembering fragments of the stories her grandfather told her as a child, Natalia becomes convinced that he spent his last days searching for ‘the deathless man' a vagabond who was said to be immortal. As Natalia struggles to understand why her grandfather, a deeply rational man, would go on such a far-fetched journey, she stumbles across a clue that leads her to the extraordinary story of the tiger's wife.

Previous winners of the Orange Prize are Barbara Kingsolver for The Lacuna (2010), 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).

The 2011 award ceremony was sponsored by HTC, who helped showcase the Orange Book Store and Orange Prize Facebook and Twitter pages on their new HTC Flyer Tablet. The awards took place in The Clore Ballroom of the Royal Festival Hall, central London and guests toasted the announcement of the winner at a champagne drinks reception courtesy of Taittinger. In addition to the Orange Prize for Fiction winner announcement, aspiring novelist Bettany Whittle was named as the winner of the Orange/Grazia First Chapter Competition for unpublished writers.

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Notes to Editors

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Orange Prize for Fiction announces 2011 shortlist

Orange Prize for Fiction Awards Ceremony at Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre: 8 June 2011

London, 9.30am, 12 April 2011: The Orange Prize for Fiction, the UK’s only annual book award for fiction written by a woman, today announces the 2011 shortlist. Celebrating its sixteenth anniversary this year, the Prize celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women’s writing from throughout the world.

The judges for the 2011 Orange Prize for Fiction are:

Bettany Hughes, (Chair), Broadcaster, Historian and Author

Liz Calder, founder-director of Bloomsbury Publishing and Full Circle Editions

Tracy Chevalier, Novelist

Helen Lederer, Actress and Writer

Susanna Reid, Journalist and Broadcaster

This year’s shortlist honours both new and well-established writers featuring three first novels and one previously shortlisted author; Nicole Krauss (2006).

“We are proud and pleased to announce our shortlist for the Orange Prize 2011,” commented Bettany Hughes, Chair of judges. “Our judging meeting fizzed for many hours with conversations about the originality, excellence and readability of the books in front of us - credit to the calibre of submissions this year.”

She continues, “The clarity and human-understanding on the page is simply breathtaking. The number of first-time novelists is an indicator of the rude health of women's writing. The verve and scope of storylines pays compliment to the female imagination. There are no subjects these authors don't dare to tackle. Even though the stories in our final choices range from kidnapping to colonialism, from the persistence of love to Balkan folk-memory, from hermaphroditism to abuse in care, the books are written with such a skilful lightness of touch, humour, sympathy and passion, they all make for an exhilarating and uplifting read. This shortlist should give hours of reading pleasure to the wider world.”

The Prize was set up in 1996 to celebrate and promote fiction by women throughout the world to the widest range of readers possible and is awarded for the best novel of the year written by a woman.

The winner will be presented with a cheque for £30,000 and a limited edition bronze statue known as ‘the Bessie’, created by artist Grizel Niven. Both are anonymously endowed.

“We’re proud to be announcing such a strong shortlist.”, commented Stuart Jackson, Brand Communications Director at Orange. “As we celebrate our 16th year, we have big digital ambitions for the Orange Prize and are delighted to be strengthening our offering through the Orange Book Store and our social media channels.

He continued: “Visitors will be able to download free extracts from the shortlist and purchase the full eBooks from the store for their PC, tablet or mobile phone. We’ll also be launching our first Facebook promotion with an exclusive offer on last year’s winner, The Lacuna, something we’re really excited about.”

Orange Prize Facebook Promotion

To celebrate the 2011 shortlist, the Orange Book Store - www.orange.co.uk/bookclub - is giving away 250 free eBooks of The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver, winner of the 2010 Orange Prize, exclusively to Facebook fans. After the first 250 copies have been won, the Orange Book Store will offer all Facebook fans the chance to purchase The Lacuna at a special 50% discount for one week only, until 18 April. Visit www.facebook.com/orangeprize to enter.

The award ceremony will take place in The Clore Ballroom, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London, on 8 June 2011.

Previous winners are Barbara Kingsolver for The Lacuna (2010), 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).

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For more information, to arrange an interview with Chair Bettany Hughes or to speak to the shortlisted authors, please contact:

Press Enquiries:
Amanda Johnson or Naomi Li at M&C Saatchi:
Tel: 020 7544 3894/0207 544 3687 or 07715 922 180/07837 252 397
Email: amanda.johnson@mcsaatchi.com or naomi.li@mcsaatchi.com

Notes to Editors

Orange Prize for Fiction 2011 Dates for the Diary:

  • Orange Prize Shortlist Readings at Southbank Centre: 6 June
  • Orange and Grazia writers’ evening at Southbank Centre: 7 June
  • Orange Prize for Fiction awards ceremony: 8 June

Orange Book Club

  • 2011 sees the Orange Prize strengthen ties with the Orange Book Club, a cloud-based bookshop accessible across phone, tablet or PC devices from http://www.orange.co.uk/bookclub, and is powered by Mobcast Services, an award-winning digital book platform provider.
  • A key advantage of the service is the ‘one-click buy’ which bills straight to the user’s Orange account, without ever having to enter any billing details, with credit card billing available for non-Orange customers. This allows book lovers to seamlessly browse and download thousands of books, including those from the Orange Prize for Fiction, straight to their smartphone, PC or tablet device.
  • Orange launched a dedicated Android app at the beginning of this year and an app for iPhone and iPad users is due for launch this summer.

About Orange

Orange is the key brand of the France Telecom Group, one of the world's leading telecommunications operators. With almost 131 million customers, the Orange brand now covers Internet, television and mobile services in the majority of countries where the Group operates.

In the UK, Orange provides high quality GSM coverage to 99% of the UK population, and 3G coverage to more than 93%.

Orange and any other Orange product or service names included in this material are trade marks of Orange Brand Services Limited.

On July 1 2010, the company became part of Everything Everywhere, one company that runs two of Britain's most famous brands - Orange UK and T-Mobile UK - with plans to transform the industry by giving customers instant access to everything, everywhere, offering them the best value, best choice and best network coverage in the country. Everything Everywhere Limited is the UK’s biggest communications company, with a combined customer base of almost 28 million people and more than 720 retail stores across the country. Everything Everywhere Limited is registered at Hatfield Business Park, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL10 9BW under the registered company number 02382161.

For more information please call the Orange Press Office 0870 3731500, or visit www.orange.co.uk/newsroom

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Synopses and Biographies

Emma Donoghue
Room

Picador

Jack is five and excited about his birthday. He lives with his Ma in Room, which has a locked door and a skylight, and measures eleven feet by eleven feet. He loves watching TV, and the cartoon characters he calls friends, but he knows that nothing he sees on screen is truly real - only him, Ma and the things in Room. Until the day Ma admits that there's a world outside...

Born in 1969, Emma Donoghue is an Irish writer who lives in Canada. Her fiction includes the bestselling novel Slammerkin and her novels have been translated into thirty-nine languages. Room, her seventh novel, was shortlisted for the 2010 Man Booker Prize, won the Irish Novel of the Year and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and most recently won in the Caribbean and Canada Best Book category of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. Donoghue has also been shortlisted for the Galaxy International Author of the Year and is winner of the TV Book Club. She lives in London, Ontario with Chris Roulston and their two children.

Q&A with Emma Donoghue

Q. I would like to ask Emma how she came up with Room, it was so haunting, and if it was just something she imagined. Also when is her next novel coming out?

The kernel of the story (a child born to a woman being held captive, growing up in a small locked room) came from reading about the Fritzl family, but I made ROOM far less horrifying than that case, and different in many other ways.  I wanted to focus on the issue of confinement versus freedom rather than piling on additional horrors.

 I'm happy to say that Picador will be publishing my novel THE SEALED LETTER (about a real divorce case that hit the headlines in 1864) this October.

Q. Room is based on an extremely dark premise, was it difficult for Emma to inhabit that world during the writing process?

Strangely enough, once I got used to the premise, being in Room (as it were) wasn't depressing.  I think this was because Jack doesn't see it as a prison, but as his home, and even though I was giving hints of the darker way Ma sees it, the novel is really Jack's story.  Also, here's a trade secret: what gets writers down is not dark material, but feeling that the writing is going badly, losing its way... and during the writing of ROOM I was blessed by a feeling that I always knew what I was doing.

Q. I loved the book "Room" and would like to ask Emma whether she actually set up a room like the one in the book, to get the feel of what it would be like, or whether it was all from her imagination?

No, I didn't bother setting up such a room, because locking yourself into a space is nothing like being locked in by someone else.  (And also, like most writers, I spend all day alone in a room anyway!) But I did plan it carefully on a home design website, 'shop' for specific pieces of furniture, figure out all the measurements, etc; I knew I had to make the reader believe in the space completely or else they'd sense their feelings were being manipulated by an unreal story. 

Q. I'd like to know if there's anything Emma learnt about herself whilst writing Room? As a reader you go on this horrible journey but at the end it felt like I'd learnt something intangibly beautiful along the way.

Good question.  I learned that the gap between what I know about how to parent - all the energy, imagination, playfulness and patience of Ma - and the irritable way I actually do parent, most of the time, is terribly big.

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Aminatta Forna
The Memory of Love

Bloomsbury

Adrian Lockheart is a psychologist escaping his life in England. Arriving in Freetown in the wake of civil war, he struggles with the intensity of the heat, dirt and dust, and with the secrets this country hides. Despite the gulf of experience and understanding between them, Adrian finds unexpected friendship in a young surgeon at the hospital, the charismatic Kai Mansaray, and begins to build a new life just as Kai makes plans to leave.

In the hospital Adrian encounters an elderly and unwell man, Elias Cole, who is reflecting on his past, not all of it noble. Recorded in a series of notebooks are memories of his youth, the optimism of the first moon landings, and the details of an obsession: Saffia, a woman he loved, and Julius, her fiery, rebellious husband. As their individual stories entwine, across two generations in a country torn apart by repression and war, some distances cannot be bridged.

Aminatta Forna was born in Scotland and raised in West Africa. Her first book, The Devil that Danced on the Water, was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize 2003. Her novel Ancestor Stones was winner of the 2008 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, the Liberaturpreis in Germany, nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and selected by the Washington Post as one of the most important books of 2006. In 2007, Vanity Fair named Aminatta as one of Africa's most promising new writers. Aminatta has also written for magazines and newspapers, radio and television, and presented television documentaries on Africa’s history and art. She lives in London with her husband. The Memory of Love recently won the Africa Best Book category of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize.

Q&A with Aminatta Forna

Q. The scale and complexity of the novel is breathtaking, so I'd like to ask how Aminatta begins trying to plot the story and how many edits it took until she was happy with it.

The truth is that the novel I originally envisaged was a slim volume that would take me one year to write. In the event the Memory of Love took three years and encompassed multiple voices and two different time periods. I cannot count how many edits it took - before I handed it in to my publishers - but it would have been six or seven. I tend to revise as I go, then at the end of each chapter and then again a couple of times when I have the whole story set down. As for plotting, I am not a writer who finds it easy. Endless notes at the start, later on come the flow diagrams and mind maps which I pin up on the wall. I use a different colour pen for each character.

Q. What was the most challenging aspect about writing from a male perspective?

I like to think I am in touch with my masculine side. Interestingly I have found other things - generation and class - much more challenging than writing from a male perspective. The four elderly West African women in my previous novel Ancestor Stones were far more challenging than Kai or Adrian. Kai and Adrian are around my age. They are urban, professionals. In that sense we have a lot more in common. I like to think myself into a character, almost like an actor. I would pretend I was one of them as I walked down the street. Being a man is essentially a difference of experience. They have much more physical freedom and hence confidence and independence. There choices and decisions are questioned less, so they take more for granted. If I had any doubts I checked with men I knew, but found - of course - that they are as unalike each other in as many ways as like each other. That's why one must always think in terms of individuals rather than archetypes.

Q. I'd like to know how Aminatta researched her novel as it so intense and detailed.

I live the lives of my characters. For Kai I spent two weeks in an operating theatre. I saw all the operations in the book - it's the only way really. The other choice is to shut the door of the OR in the readers face, but as a reader I find that frustrating. I enjoy entering worlds I would never otherwise know through books. Similarly, for Adrian I spent time in the mental hospital in Freetown and read copious books on psychology. I love the research part of a book and it's where my ideas really develop and often change.

Q. It's a deeply moving read – how hard is it to let go of the story in your downtime or it is just impossible?

By the time you are halfway through a novel, it has come to take over everything. The characters come with me everywhere: into the bath, to bed. Even now, I think then and wonder what they're doing.

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Emma Henderson
Grace Williams Says It Loud

Sceptre

This isn't an ordinary love story. But then Grace isn't an ordinary girl. 'Disgusting,' said the nurse. And when no more could be done, they put her away, aged eleven. On her first day at the Briar Mental Institute, Grace meets Daniel. He sees a different Grace: someone to share secrets and canoodle with, someone to fight for. Debonair Daniel, an epileptic who can who can type with his feet, fills Grace's head with tales from Paris and the world beyond.

Emma Henderson was born in 1958 and studied Modern Languages at Oxford and Yale. She taught English for more than a decade in London comprehensive schools and F.E. colleges, whilst having a family, then moved to France in 1999 to run a ski and snowboard lodge in the Alps. She returned to London in 2005 where she still lives, and in 2006 gained a MA, with distinction, in Creative Writing at Birkbeck. Grace Williams Says It Loud was shortlisted for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize. She is currently writing her second novel.

Q&A with Emma Henderson

Q. It's an amazing debut novel — how long had Emma been thinking about this story before she started writing?

I didn't really get going with the novel until about five years ago, but I began imagining it and doing a few jottings back in 1983. Some of those jottings are still there in the final version. I began with nothing but the character, the voice of Grace. It wasn't until Daniel arrived in my head that a story started to suggest itself.

Q. I really enjoyed Grace Williams and knowing how personal it is makes it even more moving. I'd like to know was it a cathartic experience and where there any particularly difficult moments in the writing process?

Finishing the novel was certainly a relief, but I wouldn't describe it as cathartic. During the writing process, the lines between what I imagined, what I remembered and what I researched were blurred; they had to be, it seemed. The most difficult moment occurred about four fifths of the way through, when Daniel departs. I didn't know how to continue without him. As Grace puts it, 'The Briar without Daniel was unimaginable.' So it was as if I'd written myself into a corner. For a long time, I was completely stuck and feared I would never finish the novel. Eventually, I think I must have transferred some of my own sadness, anger and frustration to Grace. This at least galvanized the writing again, and the last fifth got written relatively quickly.

Q. Would love to know if there were any novels which helped Emma find her voice and what she has planned for her next novel.

I live the lives of my characters. For Kai I spent two weeks in an operating theatre. I saw all the operations in the book - it's the only way really. The other choice is to shut the door of the OR in the readers face, but as a reader I find that frustrating. I enjoy entering worlds I would never otherwise know through books. Similarly, for Adrian I spent time in the mental hospital in Freetown and read copious books on psychology. I love the research part of a book and it's where my ideas really develop and often change.

Q. It's a deeply moving read — how hard is it to let go of the story in your downtime or it is just impossible?

I honestly don't know if there were any particular novels that helped me find the voice for 'Grace'. Perhaps the main influence was that my background is as a linguist and in French and German literature, thus accounting for the novel's explicit focus on language, or rather (Grace's) lack of it. My next novel, like my first, has been simmering away for a while, and it too contains characters who are in some sense outsiders, but they are very different characters, in a different time, place and situation.

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Nicole Krauss
Great House

Viking

During the winter of 1972, a woman spends a single night with a young Chilean poet before he departs New York, leaving her his desk. It is the only time they ever meet. Two years later, he is arrested by Pinochet’s secret police and never seen again. Across the ocean, in the leafy suburbs of London, a man caring for his dying wife discovers a lock of hair among her papers that unravels a terrible secret. In Jerusalem, an antiques dealer has spent a lifetime reassembling his father’s study, plundered by the Nazis from Budapest in 1944; now only one item remains to be found.

Connecting these stories is a desk of many drawers that exerts a power over those who possess it or have given it away. As the narrators of Great House make their confessions, this desk comes finally to stand for all that has been taken from them, and all that binds them to what has disappeared.

Nicole Krauss is the author of Man Walks into a Room and the international bestseller, The History of Love. Published by Penguin in 2005, it has sold over 250,000 copies and was shortlisted for the Orange, Medicis and Femina Prizes, and was a Richard and Judy Book Club pick. Nicole Krauss was selected by the New Yorker as one of its prestigious '20 under 40' best young writers and her books have been translated into more than thirty-five languages. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Téa Obreht
The Tiger’s Wife

Weidenfeld & Nicolson

A tiger escapes from the local zoo, padding through the ruined streets and onwards, to a ridge above the Balkan village of Galina. His nocturnal visits hold the villagers in a terrified thrall. But for one boy, the tiger is a thing of magic - Shere Khan awoken from the pages of The Jungle Book.

Years later, in a Balkan country ravaged by conflict, Natalia, a young doctor, is visiting an orphanage when she receives word of her beloved grandfather’s death far from their home in mysterious circumstances. Remembering fragments of the stories her grandfather told her as a child, Natalia becomes convinced that he spent his last days searching for ‘the deathless man’ a vagabond who was said to be immortal. As Natalia struggles to understand why her grandfather, a deeply rational man, would go on such a far-fetched journey, she stumbles across a clue that leads her to the extraordinary story of the tiger’s wife.

Téa Obreht was born in 1985 in the former Yugoslavia and raised in Belgrade. In 1992 her family moved to Cyprus and then to Egypt, where she learned to speak and read English, eventually immigrating to the United States in 1997. After graduating from the University of Southern California, Téa received her MFA in Fiction from the Creative Writing Program at Cornell University in 2009. Téa was featured in The New Yorker's Top 20 Writers under 40 Fiction Issue (June 2010) and at 24, was the youngest on the list. Her short story, The Laugh, debuted in The Atlantic fiction issue and was then chosen for The Best American Short Stories 2010, a further short story, The Sentry, featured in the Guardian Summer Fiction Issue. Her journalism has appeared in Harper’s magazine and she lives in Ithaca, New York.

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Kathleen Winter
Annabel

Jonathan Cape

In 1968, into the beautiful, spare environment of remote coastal Labrador in the far north-east of Canada, a mysterious child is born: a baby who appears to be neither fully boy nor girl, but both at once.

Only three people share the secret – the baby’s parents, Jacinta and Treadway, and a trusted neighbour, Thomasina. Together the adults make a difficult decision: to go through surgery and raise the child as a boy named Wayne. But as Wayne grows up within the hyper-male hunting culture of his father, his shadow-self – a girl he thinks of as ‘Annabel’ – is never entirely extinguished, and indeed is secretly nurtured by the women in his life.

As Wayne approaches adulthood, and its emotional and physical demands, the woman inside him begins to cry out. The changes that follow are momentous not just for him, but for the three adults that have guarded his secret.

Kathleen Winter has written dramatic and documentary scripts for Sesame Street and CBC Television. Her first collection of short stories, boYs, was the winner of both the Winterset Award and the Metcalf-Rooke Award. A long-time resident of St John’s, Newfoundland, she now lives in Montreal.

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2011 Orange Prize for Fiction

ORANGE PRIZE FOR FICTION ANNOUNCES 2011 LONGLIST

Orange Prize for Fiction shortlist announcement: 12 April

Orange Prize for Fiction shortlist readings: 6 June

Awards ceremony: 8 June

London, 16 March 2011: The Orange Prize for Fiction, the UK's only annual book award for fiction written by a woman, today announces the 2011 longlist. Celebrating its sixteenth anniversary this year, the Prize celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women's writing throughout the world.

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The judges for the 2011 Orange Prize for Fiction are:

"What proved a genuine delight this year was the power of observation and sympathy on the page," commented Bettany Hughes, Chair of Judges. "As a panel we had works of searing originality and epic scale in front of us - plus books that were intimate and sometimes magical".

She continues, "All of the longlist authors have done us a favour by writing what they have, and with such elan. A number have opened up worlds either just around the corner or half way across the earth thanks to their imagination and simple interest in what it is to be human. It was a huge tussle to get the list down to twenty, but what we have is a gorgeous, widely varied longlist - we'll certainly enjoy re-reading each and every one as we make tough choices to select the Orange Prize shortlist for 2011."

The Prize was set up in 1996 to celebrate and promote fiction by women throughout the world to the widest range of readers possible and is awarded for the best novel of the year written by a woman in the English language.

Stuart Jackson, Brand Communications Director at Orange said, "The judges have selected a remarkable and rich list which reflects the exceptional range and diversity of women's fiction. We're very proud to be announcing such an exciting and international list and invite readers to share their thoughts on this year's books via the new Orange Prize Facebook page."

This year's longlist honours both new and well-established writers and features nine first novels. Three authors appearing on this year's list have previously been longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction, and a further two authors have been previously shortlisted. The list also includes a former winner of the Orange Award for New Writers and features twelve different publishing imprints.

Any woman writing in English, whatever her nationality, country of residence, age or subject matter, is eligible. The winner will receive a cheque for £30,000 and a limited edition bronze known as a 'Bessie', created and donated by the artist Grizel Niven. Both are anonymously endowed.

The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony to be held in The Ballroom at the Royal Festival Hall on 8 June 2011.

Previous winners are Barbara Kingsolver for The Lacuna (2010), 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).

CJ Stanley, Orange
Tel: 07989 333 308
Email: cj.stanley@orange-ftgroup.com

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Notes to Editors

  • eBooks from the longlist are available from the Orange Book Club.
  • This year's list carries seven British authors, six American authors, one Irish author, one Sudanese author, one Canadian author, one Indian author, one British/Nigerian author, one British/Sierra Leonean author and one Serbian/American author.
  • The following authors have previously been shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction: Samantha Hunt (2009), Nicole Krauss (2006).
  • The following authors have previously been longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction: Jennifer Egan (2008), Tessa Hadley (2008), Leila Aboulela (2006, 2000).
  • The following author has previously won the Orange Award for New Writers: Joanna Kavenna (2008).
  • There are nine first novels on the 2011 longlist.
  • There are twelve publishing imprints on this year's longlist: Corsair, Harper Press, Picador, Sceptre, Serpent's Tail, Viking, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, Canongate, Faber and Faber, Bloomsbury, Jonathan Cape and Chatto & Windus.

About Orange

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In the UK, Orange provides high quality GSM coverage to 99% of the UK population, and 3G coverage to more than 93%.

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ORANGE PRIZE FOR FICTION 2011 JUDGES ANNOUNCED

how the prize is judged

Now in its sixteenth year, the Orange Prize for Fiction is the UK's most prestigious annual book award for fiction written by a woman, celebrating excellence, innovation and accessibility and the best of outstanding international fiction in women's writing.

The judges for the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2011 are:

Bettany Hughes, commented: "I am always amazed by the worlds — mental, physical and intellectual — that new works of fiction can open up and am already revelling in the pleasure of reading the range of writing submitted to this years Orange Prize for Fiction. Looking back over the narrative of women in world civilisation over the last 5000 years, and the struggle they have had to hold centre stage, there's no doubt that the Orange Prize adds hugely to that story."

Key dates

Upcoming events

ORANGE AND GRAZIA WRITERS' EVENING AT THE SOUTHBANK CENTRE

Tuesday 7 June 2011

Join Orange and Grazia at their first-ever writers' evening, chaired by Orange Prize co-founder and bestselling novelist, Kate Mosse.

Buy tickets here

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