The Rehearsal by New Zealand writer Eleanor Catton has been selected for the Orange Prize for Fiction long list along with nineteen other novels chosen from 129 nominations. The long list includes some well known writers, such as Hilary Mantel with Wolf Hall, last year’s Man Booker Prize winning novel, Andrea Levy, who is a past Orange Prize winner, with The Long Song, and Sarah Walters with The Little Stranger, who was a guest speaker during the recent Writers and Readers week . There are 7 debut novels on the long list, including The Rehearsal. The short list will be announced on 20th April and the winner, who will receive £30,000, on 9th June 2010.
The complete Orange Prize long list can be found on the Guardian UK website
Sources: Guardian UK, Independent UK