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20 April 2010

Orange Prize shortlist announced

And Hilary Mantel is there again.

By Jonathan Derbyshire

The shortlist for the 2010 Orange Prize for Fiction has been announced. The list contains two debut novels (by Rosie Alison and Attica Locke), as well as books by long-established authors, including Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall, which won the Man Booker Prize of course. Here’s the shortlist, with links to New Statesman reviews where available:

Rosie Alison, The Very Thought of You

Barbara Kingsolver, The Lacuna

Attica Locke, Black Water Rising

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Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall (review by Rachel Aspden here)

Lorrie Moore, A Gate at the Stairs (review by Leo Robson here)

Monique Roffey, The White Woman on the Green Bicycle

The bookmakers haven’t announced the odds yet, though Mantel is sure to make the early running.