2006 Orange Prize Long list AnnouncedOn Monday, this year’s long list was announced at the London Book Fair. The Orange Prize for Fiction is awarded to a woman writer yearly for an outstanding book published in the UK in past year. While entries must be published in the UK, the authors must not necessarily be British. In 2003, Nigeria’s own Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was nominated for her book "Purple Hibiscus."
Since I tend to read according to my tastes and moods rather than following bestseller lists, I have not read any of the books on this year’s long list. Browsing the list every year, though, introduces me to authors who otherwise might not have surfaced on my literary radar. In the year, Chimamanda lost, I discovered Andrea Levy, who took the prize for her book "Small Island." Although I didn’t like the book much, I enjoyed her writing style and am drawn to the themes of her books. So, I will be checking some of her other work in the future.