Home wins the Orange Prize


I don’t like to brag, but I correctly predicted that Home would win the Orange Prize.

I’m gutted. For two reasons:

  • Wilderness didn’t win.
  • I didn’t put any money on it.

Never mind. Let’s see if I can correctly predict the Booker!

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  1. I can’t believe this one won. I’m predicting The Children’s Book for the Booker. I already know nothing else I read will come close to it. But then I hated several of the winners in the recent past. So what do I know.

  2. Jackie says:

    Candy – I haven’t read it yet, but if I had to guess the Booker winner today I’d guess Byatt. It will be interesting to see if I still think so after reading the whole short list.

  3. Sandy says:

    Yeah, but you and Simon couldn’t even get through this book could you? Jeez. Who’s picking these things?

  4. Diane says:

    I can’t believe it; I thought it was awful :(

  5. Steph says:

    Aren’t you also a bit gutted because you didn’t like Home all that much? And even if Wilderness didn’t win, at least you got to have the experience of reading it – hopefully others will have too because it made the short list!

  6. Jackie says:

    Sandy – You’re right. It was the only one in the short list that we couldn’t manage to read all the way through..

    Diane – I couldn’t agree more!!

    Steph – I didn’t like Home at all! I can see why some people do, but I need a bit more action in my books and some characters to empathise with. I also have a problem with books which just retell a story I’ve heard before. Never mind – we can’t win them all!

  7. FleurFisher says:

    Ah well, I didn’t get on with Gilead so I’m unlikely to read Home any time soon. Still, I’m encouraged that Francesca Kay won the new writers award – as you know I was very taken with An Equal Stillness

  8. Matthew says:

    Well, your take on Home discouraged me from putting it on my list. I opted for Molly Fox’s Birthday and Wilderness.

  9. mee says:

    That’s a damn good guess :) . Too bad it doesn’t sound like a book that I’d like to read (not Gilead too).

  10. Violet says:

    oh…thats sad, but then congrats to the author :)

  11. Jackie says:

    Jane – I saw that Equal Stillness won and thought of you! I’m still planning to get hold of a copy, although I guess the queue at the library will be longer now that it was won!

    Matthew – I’m looking forward to your comments on them, especially Wilderness.

    Mee – I am proud of my prediction, but it is a shame I didn’t actually enjoy the book.

    Violet – I agree – congrats to Robinson. I wonder if she’ll put the Orange prize next to her Pulitzer one?

  12. Beth F says:

    Good job on picking correctly. I’m not likely to read Home, but I’m glad to have read your review!

  13. jo says:

    And I really wanted to read the winner too. but considering I couldn’t even come close to finishing Gilead, I don’t know if I even want to pick this up. I might just read the others instead!

  14. Nicole says:

    Say it ain’t so. I know I have to read one more besides Housekeeping but I have to say that I’m not a fan based on that one book. But since I am reading the Orange Prize winners I guess I will find out eventually if she improves on me.

  15. Michele says:

    LOL – you need to start a betting pool for the Booker!

  16. Jackie says:

    I actually had a look this afternoon and noone was taking bets on the Booker prize yet. I guess I’ll have to wait for the longlist to be announced before I put my money on Byatt’s book.

  17. Samantha says:

    Hi Jackie

    I think you commented on my blog anothernutter.blogspot.com a little while ago. Sorry it’s taken me so long to get here – but now that I am, I like it! Looking at your header it’s like looking at my own bookshelves – eerily familiar. I have now closed my old blog and am now just devoted to blogging about books. My new blog is rubyredbooks.blogspot.com.

    I have heard so many good things about The Wilderness. I checked it out on bookdepository.co.uk and they are not discounting it (and amazon.co.uk have no stock) which leads me to believe it is going out like hot cakes! I will wait a little longer – maybe a reprint may now be on the cards.

    As to Home, I still haven’t read Gilead! I read her first book Housekeeping – it was a slow, brooding tale, which sounds like her last two books and I have to be in the mood for one of those :-)

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