Mantel, Kingsolver make Orange shortlist, as indies dominate

<p>A mix of d&eacute;buts and established names have made the Orange Prize for Fiction shortlist, announced today (20th April) at a breakfast event at the London Book Fair. The shortlist was indie-heavy with four books on the list, two from Faber and one each from Alma and Serpent&#39;s Tail. </p><p>Hilary Mantel&#39;s Man Booker - winning <em>Wolf Hall</em> (Fourth Estate) will battle Barbara Kingsolver&#39;s <em>The Lacuna</em> (Faber) and stablemate Lorrie Moore&#39;s first book in 11 years <em>A Gate at the Stairs</em>. Rosie Alison (<em>The Very Thought of You</em>) and Attica Locke&#39;s (<em>Black Water Rising)</em> d&eacute;but novels, respectively from indie publishers Alma and Serpent&#39;s Tail, also made the list, as did Monique Roffey&#39;s <em>The White Woman on the Green Bicycle</em> (Simon &amp; Schuster).</p><p>&quot;This shortlist achieves the near impossible of combining literary merit with sheer readability,&quot; said chair of judges Daisy Goodwin.</p><p>&quot;With a thriller, historical novels that reflect our world back to us, as well as a tragicomedy about post-9/11 America&mdash;there is something here to challenge, amuse and enthrall every kind of reader.&quot; </p><p>The judges comprised rabbi and author Baroness Neuberger, author Mich&egrave;le Roberts, journalist Miranda Sawyer and editor of British Vogue Alexandra Shulman.</p><p>The winner of the &pound;30,000 prize is announced on 9th June.</p><p><strong>The shortlist:</strong></p><p><em>The Very Thought of You</em> by Rosie Alison (Alma Books)</p><p><em>The Lacuna</em> by Barbara Kingsolver (Faber)</p><p><em>Black Water Rising </em>by Attica Locke (Serpent&#39;s Tail)</p><p><em>Wolf Hall</em> by Hilary Mantel (Fourth Estate)</p><p><em>A Gate at the Stairs</em> by Lorrie Moore (Faber)</p><p><em>The White Woman on the Green Bicycle</em> by Monique Roffey (S&amp;S) </p>