So it has been announced and the six short listed titles by the Orange Prize 2011 judges are as follows…
- Room – Emma Donoghue (Picador)
- The Memory of Love – Aminatta Forna (Bloomsbury)
- Grace Williams Says it Loud – Emma Henderson (Sceptre)
- Great House – Nicole Krauss (Viking)
- The Tiger’s Wife – Téa Obreht (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
- Annabel – Kathleen Winter (Jonathan Cape)
My thoughts? Well I really like the list. Though its not the six I would have chosen, I had three of them in ‘My Orange Shortlist 2011’having read all the books on the long list this year from cover to cover. You will see I predicted ‘Room’ and ‘Great House’ might just make the final six. I am over the moon that ‘Annabel’ is in the mix because I loved that book so, so, so much. I am also really thrilled to see ‘Grace Williams Says It Loud’ by Emma Henderson on the list too, my thoughts on that one very soon, as it was a book that really took hold of me and has grown on me and stayed with me since. They are the two I would most like to see win at the moment, though I have loved all four of the others (for me ‘Swamplandia!’ just had the edge on a modern fairytale over ‘The Tiger’s Wife’ – reviews of both of these coming soon, though I think a little Orange rest is called for now) in their own ways.
Enough of my thoughts on The Orange Prize 2011 so far, what do you all think about it? What do you make of the short list?