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Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Orange prize shortlist shows women's writing in 'rude health'

Emma Donoghue
Orange prize-shortlisted author Emma Donoghue, nominated for Room. Photograph: Sarah Lee for the Guardian
First-time novelists make up half the shortlist for the 2011 Orange prize for fiction, indicating "the rude health of women's writing", according to this year's chair of judges Bettany Hughes.

The list includes novels that tackle strikingly difficult subjects – not least Kathleen Winter's debut novel Annabel, which tells the story of a baby born in back-of-beyond Newfoundland with both male and female genitalia.

Then there is inhuman imprisonment in Emma Donoghue's Room; mental illness in Emma Henderson's Grace Williams Says It Loud; the Sierra Leonean civil war in Aminatta Forna's The Memory of Love; the aftermath of the Balkan civil war in Téa Obreht's The Tiger's Wife; and traumas, sorrows and terrible secrets in Nicole Krauss's Great House.

Mark Brown

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