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Orange Prize for Fiction announces 2002 longlist

- For the best novel of the year written by a woman published in the UK

Shortlist Announcement: 30th April

Shortlist Readings at the British Library: 10th June

Awards Ceremony: 11th June


Author                       Title                          Publisher

Kitty Aldridge               Pop                            Cape
Anna Burns                   No bones                       Flamingo
Jennifer Clement             A True Story Based on Lies     Canongate
Stevie Davies                The Element of Water           Womens Press
Helen Dunmore                The Siege                      Viking
Maggie Gee                   The White Family               Saqi Books
Lesley Glaister              Now You See me                 Bloomsbury
Joanne Harris                Five Quarters of the Orange    Doubleday
Chloe Hooper                 A Childs Books of True Crime   Cape
Elizabeth McCracken          Niagara Falls All Over Again   Cape
Sue Monk Kidd                The Secret Life of Bees        Review
Joyce Carol Oates            Middle Age                     4th estate
Kathy Page                   The Story of my Face           Weidenfeld and
Ann Patchett                 Bel Canto                      4th Estate
Nani Power                   Crawling at night              William Heinemann
Lily Prior                   La Cucina                      Black Swan
Anita Rau Badami             The Hero's Walk                Bloomsbury
Emma Richler                 Sister Crazy                   Flamingo
Rachel Seiffert              The Dark Room                  William Heinemann
Sarah Waters                 Fingersmith                    Virago

The judges for the 2002 Orange Prize are:

Chair: Sue MacGregor, ex-presenter of Today Programme

Fiona Shaw, Actress

A.L Kennedy, Author

Professor Gillian Beer, King Edward VII Professor of English Literature at Cambridge

Julie Wright, Senior Bookbuyer at WH Smith Travel

"The judges' first review produced a surprising amount of agreement on our longlist of prize-worthy novels," commented Sue MacGregor, Chair of Judges, "All of these books absorbed and entertained us. Each judge has their favourite, but several novels are already outstanding contenders for the Orange prize. It's been hugely rewarding to discover so many fine and talented writers relatively fresh on the scene"

Denise Lewis, Group Director of Corporate Affairs at Orange said: "Now in its seventh year, the Orange Prize and its associated education projects, is going from strength to strength. Orange is committed to enabling the enjoyment and importance of reading and writing and we are delighted that this is reflected so well in the Orange Prize 2002 longlist."

The Orange Prize for Fiction is the UK's largest annual book award for fiction, celebrating excellence, originality and accessibility in womens's writing.

The prize was set up in 1996 to celebrate and promote fiction by women throughout the world to the widest range of readers possible and is awarded for the best novel of the year written by a woman.

Any woman writing in English - whatever her nationality, country of residence, age or subject matter - is eligible. The winner will receive a cheque for £30,000 and a limited edition bronze known as a 'Bessie', created and donated by the artist Grizel Niven. Both are anonymously endowed.


The Orange Prize for Fiction is administered by Book Trust. Contact: Kate Mervyn-Jones on 0208 516 2973

Correct as at 29 October 2001

Notes to Editors:

- Orange, wirefree and any other Orange product or service referred to in this release are trademarks of Orange.

- Orange provides a broad range of personal communications services, including Orange GSM 1800 services and other digital cellular telephone services.

- In August 2000 Orange plc was acquired by France Telecom, leading to the creation of Europe's second largest mobile operator. The new Orange has operations in 20 countries across Europe and beyond, and aims to have a presence in markets covering 1.5 billion people worldwide by 2005.

- As at the end of December 2001, Orange had over 12.4 million customers in the UK, 17.8 million in France and approximately 39.3 million controlled customers worldwide.

- In May 2001, for the fourth consecutive year, the J.D. Power and Associates study on the UK mobile market ranked Orange number one for customer satisfaction.

- Orange provides high quality coverage to 99% of the UK population and over 80% of the geographic area. Coverage is based on hand portable, unlike some other operators which choose to base their coverage on boosted car kits.

- Orange UK now offers roaming on 259 networks in 116 countries.

- Information about Orange can be found on the Orange website at and media information can be found at

SOURCE The Orange Prize for Fiction

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