Orange Prize longlist celebrates 'individuality of voice'

Orange Prize longlist celebrates 'individuality of voice'

Irish author Emma Donoghue has been longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2012 after making the Orange and Man Booker shortlists with Room.

Her The Sealed Letter (Picador) joins a 20-strong longlist which includes 11 titles from indie publishers. Random House imprints William Heinemann, Chatto, Harvill Secker and Cape have scored five titles on the list.

Also in the running are previous winner Ann Patchett, nominated for her sixth novel State of Wonder and Esi Edugyan's Half Blood Blues, one of three titles from Profile subsidiaries, which was also shortlisted for last year's Man Booker. Five of the longlisted novels are debuts.

"I am very proud of this year's Orange longlist," said chair of judges and novelist Joanna Trollope. "It not only demonstrates the judges' eye for quality, but is also evidence of the breadth of subject matter, and individuality of voice, in women's writing today."

The Orange Prize for Fiction is worth £30,000. It was set up in 1996 to celebrate and promote international fiction by women throughout the world to the widest range of readers possible.

The shortlist will be announced on 17th April, with the winner crowned on 30th May.

The longlist:

Island of Wings Karin Altenberg (Quercus)

On the Floor Aifric Campbell (Serpent's Tail)

The Grief of Others Leah Hager Cohen (The Clerkenwell Press)

The Sealed Letter Emma Donoghue (Picador)

Half Blood Blues Esi Edugyan (Serpent's Tail)

The Forgotten Waltz Anne Enright (Jonathan Cape)

The Flying Man Roopa Farooki (Headline Review)

Lord of Misrule Jaimy Gordon (Quercus)

Painter of Silence Georgina Harding (Bloomsbury)

Gillespie and I Jane Harris (Faber)

The Translation of the Bones Francesca Kay (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)

The Blue Book A L Kennedy (Jonathan Cape)

The Night Circus Erin Morgenstern (Harvill Secker)

The Song of Achilles Madeline Miller (Bloomsbury)

Foreign Bodies Cynthia Ozick (Atlantic Books)

State of Wonder Ann Patchett (Bloomsbury)

There but for the Ali Smith (Hamish Hamilton)

The Pink Hotel Anna Stothard (Alma Books)

Tides of War Stella Tillyard (Chatto & Windus)

The Submission Amy Waldman (William Heinemann)