The Orange Prize Longlist 2012?

The Orange Prize seems to have snuck up on me this year. I had it in my head that the announcement was on the 16th of March until I realised that actually that was 2011’s dates. It took ages to then get confirmation (by searching round the internet for hours) that it was to be the 8th and suddenly now Orange has a lovely new sparkly website, and indeed it will be announced in mere hours. Well I love guessing any prize list, and the Orange is no exception. I have a lot of love for this prize as generally I do prefer female writers (sweeping statement alert) to male ones overall, so I am always excited to see the final list of twenty. In the meantime here are my twenty guesses and why I made those calls…

First up my favourite four books by women last year have to be my first choices. Those were without question ‘Gillespie and I’ by Jane Harris, ‘The Proof Of Love’ by Catherine Hall, ‘There But For The…’ by Ali Smith and ‘The Borrower’ by Rebecca Makkai. I would absolutely love to see this four make the cut, you can click on their titles to see my reviews and gushings over each one – seriously these are four blooming brilliant books!

Next up were books, if any, that have made the cut this year and how could I not include ‘The Snow Child’ by Eowyn Ivey which I loved and ‘Girl Reading’ by Katie Ward which I haven’t reviewed on here yet (though I have on the telly, ha). Next up were the books that I started last year, didn’t finish though no idea why as I was enjoying them, and so wouldn’t mind reading/starting again should the mood take me. In come ‘Go To Sleep’ by Helen Walsh and ‘Half Blood Blues’ by Esi Edugyan.

Then I chose four eligible books which I have in the TBR and have yet to crack open. ‘The Blue Book’ by A.L. Kennedy, ‘Solace’ by Belinda McKeon, ‘The Submission’ by Amy Waldman and ‘All is Song’ by Samantha Harvey are all books that have been on my radar, and pulled out and put back in the TBR over the last few months and I must have a read of them soon.

You may notice there haven’t been many of the ‘big names’ yet and whilst I am sure Ann Patchett and some other expected contenders will show up on the list I am not that fussed about them personally. I almost popped Anne Tyler on the list but hers comes out after the eligible dates. However there are for books receiving a lot of hype/buzz that I wouldn’t be surprised to see on the list and they are; ‘The Night Circus’ by Erin Morgensten, ‘The Buddha in the Attic’ by Julie Otsuka, ‘The Land of Decoration’ by Grace McCleen and ‘The Lifeboat’ by Charlotte Rogan.

The final four are all a little bit random and have come from popping into Waterstones and having a mooch around all the tables covered in books. They are simply books I thought sounded really interesting and loved the first chapter of (that’s not how I judge on The Green Carnation Prize by the way) they may not appear but I’d use it as an excuse to read them all the quicker if they did. These are; ‘My Policeman’ by Bethan Roberts, ‘Then’ by Julie Myerson, ‘The White Shadow’ by Andrea Eames and ‘The Cowards Table’ by Vanessa Gebbie.

Realistically I know this will be nowhere near the actual list. I just love the guessing, but I am realistic enough to admit despite my love of books I have only a small idea of all the eligible books and no idea what has been submitted and what hasn’t. I also actually want to be a million miles off, one of the reasons I love prize longlists is that they invariably throw up some titles that have passed you by and you want to go off and find out more about. I am hoping for lots of those.

I am not the only one who likes a guess; Jackie of Farmlanebooks, Nomadreader, Open Letters and Her Royal Orangeness have had a crack too, plus Jessica (who has become one of my new favourite bloggers, she makes me howl) has done her top five. I will report back with the list of books and my thoughts when it’s been announced. Until then, what books would you like to see (not necessarily the same as the books you think will) end up on the Orange Prize Longlist when it gets announced?


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17 responses to “The Orange Prize Longlist 2012?

  1. HRO

    You have several titles here that I’ve never even heard of…..will have to go check those out. And there are a few that I also chose for my list of speculations (which you can see on my blog). I’ve got high hopes for “Gillespie and I” and “Half-Blood Blues.”

  2. Great picks! A few are new to me, which as an American reader is almost always the case, even as closely as I try to follow British fiction! I’m eager to read many of those titles, so I hope you’re right on several. Good luck! Less than three hours now…

  3. Brill list, inspired me to do my top 5! Thanks for the link 😉 I have to say, I had completely written off girl reading as a pompous ‘artsy fartsy’ (in the words of my mum) number- the idea of stories inspired by pictures of women reading doesn’t immediately get me going.. But after tv book club (well done!!) I have to say that I’m eyeing it up on the bookshelf now. Sounds intelligent and eclectic, will try to check it out..

    • I saw 22 Britannia Road by Amanda Hodgkinson in your five and its one that I have heard lots about but not thought would be very me. I might get it from the library though as I saw it there the other day and as it was in such good company, in your top five, I should try it.

  4. Great list! I’m rooting for “Gillespie and I”, “The Night Circus” and “The Snow Child”. And of course you’ve given me many new titles to add to my every growing list 🙂

  5. Dare I say that I like your longlist better than the actual longlist? 😉 Nearly every book on here is one I have read, would like to read, or already have on the TBR. But, as you say, part of the excitement of the longlist is all the books that haven’t crossed our radar before. It’s wonderful to discover a whole new set of women writers that way.

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  7. Fabulous list, one worth coming back to and nicely presented, thanks.

  8. Louise

    Your longlist is wayyyyy better!!! Not a boat in sight, apart from The Lifeboat, *grumble grumble* 😉 I have read The Land of Decoration and was a bit meh about, but the rest, awesome!

    The Blue Book has been on my bookdar for a while, not sure if it’s one I want to buy though, think I’ll wait for a certain someones review 😉

    • Hahaha thanks Louise. I think the actual list isn’t bad, I am not overly excited about it. I really want to hear why they chose some of them and just who was reading what, I have heard that only Joanna Trollope read all of them, the other judges 35 each. Interesting.

      I will be reading The Blue Book though not imminently hahahaha. The library…? Lol.

  9. Kirsty

    I would really really recommend that you read The Coward’s Tale – it’s such a lovely book. If you enjoyed the first chapter you’ll enjoy the whole thing.

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