Results from The Orange

June 6, 2006

Zadie Smith Gets the Orange
Having been shortlisted for White Teeth and The Autograph Man, Zadie Smith has finally won the Orange prize for her third novel, On Beauty. Read Sarah Crown's review of the event in the Guardian. At the same time, Naomi Alderman, whose novel Disobedience didn't get on the shortlist, is in the running of the new writers prize from the Orange. Read Michelle Pauli's piece. But are these prizes tainted? Says Natasha Wallter: “Unremarkably, the just-announced Orange prize short list showcases great talent. "Predictable," was the comment grudgingly given by one bookseller on looking at the list, which includes Sarah Waters, Ali Smith, Hilary Mantel and Zadie Smith. And indeed it is predictable, precisely because these books are so very good, and have already been recognised as such. If you like reading fine new fiction you have probably already spent time with more than one of these novels; two were shortlisted for last year's Booker prize and one won last year's Whitbread Novel of the Year award.”

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