Tuesday, December 16, 2008

FleurFisher: Introduction & Reading to Date

I have loved and followed the Orange Prize since the very beginning.

It was heavily criticised in some quarters but I was thrilled when Helen Dunmore won. I had discovered her some time earlier courtesy of a magazine giveaway of "Burning Bright" and she had quickly become one of my favourite authors.

And I was equally delighted when Rose Tremain, an author I have loved for a long time, won this year.

I have discovered many wonderful books from Orange shortlists and longlists over the years through the years and there are many more that look promising that I have yet to get to.

This Blog looks wonderful and I am looking forward to reading more and sharing views.

I have listed the Orange books that I have read so far below.

Suggestions and recommendations for future reading are welcome!

2008
The Road Home, by Rose Tremain
The Outcast, by Sadie Jones
The End of Mr Y, by Scarlett Thomas
The Monsters of Templeton, by Lauren Groff

2007
The Observations, by Jane Harris
Digging to America, by Anne Tyler
The Girls, by Lori Lansens
What Was Lost, by Catherine O'Flynn

2006
On Beauty, by Zadie Smith
The History of Love, by Nicole Krauss
Beyond Black, by Hilary Mantel
The Night Watch, by Sarah Waters
Disobedience, by Naomi Alderman
House of Orphans, by Helen Dunmore
The Constant Princess, by Philippa Gregory
Prep, by Curtis Sittenfeld
Disobedience, by Naomi Alderman

2005
We Need to Talk About Kevin, by Lionel Shriver
A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, by Marina Lewycka
Case Histories, by Kate Atkinson
The Remedy, by Michele Lovric
The River, by Tricia Wastvedt
The Great Stink, by Clare Clark
26a, by Diana Evans

2004
Oryx and Crake, by Margaret Atwood
The Colour, by Rose Tremain
Brick Lane, by Monica Ali
Notes on a Scandal, by Zoe Heller
The Time Traveler's Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger
The Amateur Marriage, by Anne Tyler

2003
Property, by Valerie Martin
Unless, by Carol Shields
The Autograph Man, by Zadie Smith
The Little Friend, by Donna Tartt
Dot in the Universe, by Lucy Ellmann
War Crimes for the Home, by Liz Jensen
Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold
The Cutting Room, by Louise Welsh

2002
The Siege, by Helen Dunmore
A Child's Book of True Crime, by Chloe Hooper
Fingersmith, by Sarah Waters
Pop, by Kitty Aldridge
Five Quarters of an Orange, by Joanne Harris
Niagara Falls All Over Again, by Elizabeth McCracken
La Cucina, by Lily Prior

2001
The Blind Assassin, by Margaret Atwood
Fred & Edie, by Jill Dawson
The Hiding Place, by Trezza Azzopardi
The Last Samurai, by Helen Dewitt
The Wild, by Esther Freud
From Caucasia, with Love, by Danzy Senna

2000
If I Told You Once, by Judy Budnitz
White Teeth, by Zadie Smith
Girl With A Pearl Earring, by Tracy Chevalier
A Dangerous Vine, by Barbara Ewing
Island, by Jane Rogers

1999
A Crime in the Neighborhood, by Suzanne Berne
The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver
Crocodile Soup, by Julia Darling
The Vintner's Luck, by Elizabeth Knox
The Most Wanted, by Jacquelyn Mitchard

1998
Larry's Party, by Carol Shield
The Weight of Water, by Anita Shreve
Man or Mango? by Lucy Ellmann
Gaglow, by Esther Freud
Ark Baby, by Liz Jensen
Impossible Saints, by Michele Roberts

1997
Fugitive Pieces, by Anne Michaels
Alias Grace, by Margaret Atwood
Hen's Teeth, by Manda Scott
Death Comes for Peter Pan, by Joan Brady
With Child, by Laurie R. King
Fall On Your Knees, by Ann-Marie MacDonald
Red Leaves, by Paulina Simons
Anita and Me, by Meera Syal

1996
A Spell of Winter, by Helen Dunmore
Spinsters, by Pagan Kennedy
Ladder of Years, by Anne Tyler
The Ghost Road, by Pat Barker
Keeping Up with Magda, by Isla Dewar
Egg Dancing, by Liz Jensen
Mother of Pearl, by Mary Morrissy
Promised Lands, by Jane Rogers

1 comment:

farmlanebooks said...

Welcome! You have read a large number of Orange books! You've probably read more than any of us, so I think you should give us some recommendations! Which one has been your favourite so far? I look forward to reading more reviews from you in the future.
Jackie