(from the Manchester Lit List)
The winner of the 16th Orange Prize for Fiction will be revealed today at the Southbank Centre in London. According to the Bookseller, author Emma Donoghue is 2/1 to win the prize, with Aminatta Forna's second novel, The Memory of Love (Bloomsbury) second favourite at 3/1.
This year's shortlist comprises: Emma Donoghue's Room; Aminatta Forna's The Memory of Love; Grace Williams Says it Loud, by Emma Henderson; Great House, by Nicole Krauss; The Tiger's Wife, by Téa Obreht; and Annabel, by Kathleen Winter. You can reserve all the Orange prize shortlist from Manchester City library's online catalogue.
This year's judges are: the historian Bettany Hughes; the actress and writer Helen Lederer; Liz Calder, the founder of Bloomsbury publishing; Susanna Reid, the journalist and broadcaster; and the author Tracy Chevalier. In 2008, the writer Tim Lott called the prize "a sexist con trick", asking: "Could the establishment of a men-only prize be justified?".
What do you think of an all women writing competition? Is Room a worthy favourite? Comments below or #EASOrangeprize