- 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 Nicolson 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
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SOURCE The Orange Prize for Fiction