The shortlist for the 17th Orange Prize for Fiction has been announced. The Orange Prize for fiction is an annual book award for fiction written by a woman, to celebrate excellence, accessibility and originality, and is open to any female writer anywhere in the world. The winner receives £30,000 and the announcement ceremony will be held on 30th May in London.
The six authors selected for the shortlist, from the long list of 20, include 84 year old American writer Cynthia Ozick for her novel Foreign Bodies. There are two other American authors, one being Ann Patchett for State of Wonder, who won this award 10 years ago with Bel Canto, and the other Madeline Miller for The Song of Achilles. One British writer, one from Ireland and a Canadian writer complete the shortlist. Author biographies, novel synopsis and information about the prize are at The Orange Prize.