Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Orange Flavoured Fiction

The shortlist for the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction was announced yesterday, and these are the finalists:
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - Half of a Yellow Sun

Rachel Cusk - Arlington Park

Kiran Desai - The Inheritance of Loss

Xiaolu Guo - A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers

Jane Harris - The Observations

Anne Tyler - Digging to America
You can read more about these titles here. And if it so be your desire, you can watch a video of the judges discussing their experiences.

Muriel Gray, chair of judges, described the shortlist as incredibly exciting:
It represents six beautifully crafted pieces of work that are as accessible as they are fascinating. That this outstanding writing should come from such diverse sources that includes five different nationalities, a world famous author, as well as a first-time novelist, is doubly thrilling.

Some interesting debate on the Guardian blog about who deserves to win (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie seems to be emerging as the favourite) ... and whether there should be a prize for women's fiction alone when there is no equivalent Banana Prize for men!


Subashini said...

i'm curious about the observations. heard a lot about it, but haven't been really inspired to buy it... has anyone read it? is it one of those Worthy, Suppress-A-Yawn books?

Kenny Mah said...

Ugh. What an ugly name. Still can't get over it. The Orange BROADBAND prize? Sponsorship Gone Wild! --- in your videostores soon...