The 17th Orange Prize shortlist was announced this morning. One of the most prestigious literary awards, it's awarded to a woman who has produced an outstanding work of fiction, and carries a prize of 30,000 pounds.

2012 Orange Prize shortlist image

Esi Edugyan, Half Blood Blues
Anne Enright, The Forgotten Waltz
Georgina Harding, Painter of Silence (not out in the U.S. until September)
Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles
Cynthia Ozick, Foreign Bodies
Ann Patchett, State of Wonder 

Ann Patchett is the only previous winner on the list (she won for Bel Canto in 2002). Madeline Miller is the only debut novelist on the list.

Joanna Trollope, Chair of the judging panel, said that it is "a privilege to present" such a varied list, which includes American, British, Irish and Canadian authors and "an age range of close on half a century." The winner will be announced on May 30.

What do you think of the shortlist? Do literary prize nominations make you more interested in a book? Check out last year's longlist for a comparison.


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