And The Winner of the Orange Prize 2012 is…

I meant to write something about the Orange Prize before the winning announcement, however the day seems to have somehow escaped me and so now the winner has been announced and it is… Madeline Miller with ‘The Song of Achilles’!

I am feeling rather ecstatic about this. Well beyond ecstatic, thrilled more like, as it is undoubtedly one of my favourites of the entire reading year (along with ‘Gillespie and I’ by Jane Harris which sadly didn’t get short listed, but am keeping this post positive). You can see my thoughts on ‘The Song of Achilles’ here and if that wasn’t enough you can see Madeline Miller getting a Savidge Reads Grills here.

So that’s all lovely isn’t it? Commiserations to all the other authors, especially Esi Edugyan which I have recently read and loved after finishing it second try, but a huge congrats to Madeline Miller. Have I said I am thrilled? What are your thoughts?

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7 responses to “And The Winner of the Orange Prize 2012 is…

  1. JanaNav

    I read this book on vacation in Mexico; I remember I started reading slower & slower because I didn’t want it to end. I absolutely adored it. Thanks for the great news. Well deserved. Woohoo!

  2. Col

    Have got this waiting to read. Your interview with her whetted my appetite for the novel and now that it has won, I’m looking forward to it even more. I was disappointed Gillespie and I didn’t make short list as I loved that book. I also liked Anne Enwrights book and I nearly loved Esi Edugayan’s book! So I’m looking forward to Song of Achilles!

  3. I adored this book. I’m so glad she won. I hope this will give the book a much deserved wider audience.

  4. Alice

    I always like to read the Orange Prize winner – and thanks to positive reviews of The Song of Achilles by you and by Michael Kindness on Books on the Nightstand – I have read this year’s winner already – and thought it was great! Thanks – and congratulations to Madeline Miller.

  5. Yaaaaaaaay! I’m so glad I won your giveaway! :D

  6. I liked this book, but Gillespie & I was more up my street. It’s great to see an area of fiction that is not that common gaining recognition though!

  7. I had a smug moment of “look how good my taste is” (or how good THEIR taste is? the Orange Prize judges?) because on the day this was announced 1. I posted my best-of-2012-so-far list (including Song) and 2. my interview of Miller posted at Critical Wit – what fun and prescient timing! And don’t we have great taste??

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