Whose Future is Orange? - You Choose the Winner

The Orange Prize is an annual award for fiction written by a woman. In its 17th year, it aims to celebrate originality and accessibility. But on the 30th May, a team of novelists and broadcasters, chaired by Joanna Trollope, get to announce the winner. Isn't it time that readers voted? Here are the finalists. Simply pin, 'like' or tweet your favourite @theeditionbooks and that will count as one vote in this alternative people's Pinterest poll. Come the 30th, I'll repin 'your' champion.
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Ann Patchett: State of Wonder  Pub: Bloomsbury  American writer's 6th novel.  There were people on the banks of the river. Among the tangled waterways and giant anacondas of the Brazilian Rio Negro, an enigmatic scientist is developing a drug that could alter the lives of women for ever.

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett - review

State of Wonder - Ann Patchett - Orange 2012 shortlist - Stylist magazine

Anne Enright: The Forgotten Waltz   Pub: Jonathan Cape   Irish writer's 5th novel.  If it hadn't been for the child then none of this might have happened. She saw me kissing her father. She saw her father kissing me. The fact that a child got mixed up in it all made us feel that it mattered, that there was no going back.

The Forgotten Waltz by Anne Enright

Anne Enright: The Forgotten Waltz Pub: Jonathan Cape Irish writer's 5th novel. If it hadn't been for the child then none of this might have happened. She saw me kissing her father. She saw her father kissing me. The fact that a child got mixed up in it all made us feel that it mattered, that there was no going back.

Esi Edugyan: Half Blood Blues  Pub: Serpent’s Tail  Canadian writer's 2nd novel.  The aftermath of the fall of Paris, 1940. Hieronymus Falk, a rising star on the cabaret scene, is arrested in a cafe and never heard from again. He is twenty years old. A German citizen. And he is black.

Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan - review

Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan. "Two aging African-American musicians return to Berlin to find their friend, a jazz trumpeter arrested in Nazi-occupied France.

Georgina Harding: Painter of Silence  Pub: Bloomsbury  British writer's 3rd novel.  When she leaves the ward she feels the whiteness of the room still inside her, as if she is bleached out inside. It is the shock, she tells herself. She feels the whiteness like a dam holding back all the coloured flood of memory. Iasi, Romania, the early 1950s.

Painter of Silence by Georgina Harding – review

Painter of Silence by Georgina Harding - Orange Prize shortlist 2012

Madeline Miller: The Song of Achilles  Pub: Bloomsbury  American writer's debut novel.  Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles. Despite their differences, Achilles befriends the shamed prince, and as they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine, their bond blossoms into something deeper.

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller – review

Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles.

Madeline Miller is the official Winner of the final Orange Prize for Fiction. Her book The Song of Achilles is 'original, passionate, inventive and uplifting' according to chair of judges Joanna Trollope.

Orange Prize for Fiction goes to Madeline Miller's story of a love affair overshadowed by the Trojan War

A classics teacher who spent 10 years writing a novel depicting an intense love affair between Achilles and a fellow Greek warrior has won this year’s women–only Orange Prize for Fiction.

Esi Edugyan's Half Blood Blues was not the judges choice but polled highest in The Edition Books pin it, like it or tweet it campaign.

Esi Edugyan's Half-Blood Blues wins fiction award at BC Book Prizes

Esi Edugyan's Half Blood Blues was not the judges choice but polled highest in The Edition Books pin it, like it or tweet it campaign.

Cynthia Ozick: Foreign Bodies  Pub: Atlantic Books  American writer's 7th novel.  The collapse of her brief marriage has stalled Bea Nightingale's life, leaving her middle-aged and alone, teaching in an impoverished borough of 1950s New York. A plea from her estranged brother gives Bea the excuse to escape lassitude by leaving for Paris to retrieve a nephew she barely knows.

Foreign Bodies by Cynthia Ozick: review

Foreign Bodies by Cynthia Ozick, available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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