Lizzy's Literary Life

Celebrating the pleasures of a 21st century bookworm

The Orange Project


1) To read all the winners
2) To read the shortlistees that appeal to me

Half of a Yellow Sun, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – WINNER ***1/2
Arlington Park, by Rachel Cusk
The Inheritance of Loss, by Kiran Desai
A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers, by Xiaolu Guo
The Observations, by Jane Harris ***
Digging to America, by Anne Tyler

On Beauty, by Zadie Smith – WINNER
The History of Love, by Nicole Krauss
The Accidental, by Ali Smith **
The Night Watch, by Sarah Waters (ABANDONED)

We Need to Talk About Kevin, by Lionel Shriver – WINNER *****
Old Filth, by Jane Gardam ****
A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, by Marina Lewycka ***

Small Island, by Andrea Levy – WINNER *****
Oryx and Crake, by Margaret Atwood ****1/2
The Great Fire, by Shirley Hazzard
Purple Hibiscus, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (ABANDONED)
Ice Road, by Gillian Slovo
The Colour, by Rose Tremain ***1/2

Property, by Valerie Martin – WINNER ****1/2
Unless, by Carol Shields **
The Autograph Man, by Zadie Smith *
The Little Friend, by Donna Tartt ***

Bel Canto, by Ann Patchett- WINNER *****
The Siege, by Helen Dunmore ****
The White Family, by Maggie Gee ****
Fingersmith, by Sarah Waters *****

The Idea of Perfection, by Kate Grenville – WINNER
The Blind Assassin, by Margaret Atwood ****

When I Lived in Modern Times, by Linda Grant – WINNER
White Teeth, by Zadie Smith ***

A Crime in the Neighborhood, by Suzanne Berne – WINNER ***1/2
The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver *****

Larry’s Party, by Carol Shield – WINNER ***
The Ventriloquist’s Tale, by Pauline Melville (ABANDONED)
The Magician’s Assistant, by Ann Patchett ****
Love Like Hate Adore, by Deirdre Purcell
The Weight of Water, by Anita Shreve

Fugitive Pieces, by Anne Michaels – WINNER ***
Alias Grace, by Margaret Atwood

A Spell of Winter, by Helen Dunmore – WINNER
Ladder of Years, by Anne Tyler ***

Orange Prize for New Writers

The Lizard Cage, by Karen Connelly – WINNER *****

Disobedience, by Naomi Alderman – WINNER

26a, by Diana Evans – WINNER **
Lucky Girls, by Nell Freudenberger
How I Live Now, by Meg Rosoff


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