I have now finished my Orange short list reading. Unfortunately I didn’t make it to the end of all the books, but I’ve read enough to know their writing style and basic plot.
I was very disappointed by the Orange short list this year. It wasn’t just that I didn’t really like any of the books, but I felt that most of them didn’t deserve to make the short list.
When I read the 2009 Orange short list I didn’t like all the books, but knew why they had been selected and could see the quality of the writing.
In 2010 all the best books were left on the long list.
I think that leaving these three books out of the short list was a big mistake.
I think that The Help and The Rehearsal deserved to fight it out for the winning position this year. I have no idea why they weren’t selected and I highly recommend that you take a look at them!
My Reviews and Ratings for 2010 Short List
Who is going to win?
In my opinion the only book that deserves to win is Wolf Hall. I didn’t enjoy reading it, but it had the writing quality of a prize winning book. The problem is that the same book has never won the Booker and the Orange prize before. The Orange prize tends to favor fiction over literary fiction and so I have a feeling that Wolf Hall will struggle to win.
Those Orange judges are making very strange selections this year so it is impossible to know which book they will pick. If I try to get inside their minds then I imagine The Very Thought of You has a very good chance. It is a flawless example of a romance book and I think it will have broad appeal.
If I was going to place a bet then my money would be on The White Woman on the Green Bicycle.
I think it is one of those books that will improve with re-reading (something I’m hoping the judges do!). It did have a good plot and although I found it to be a slow read, it has left a good impression on me.
The Bookies Favourite?
The winner of the Orange prize will be announced on 9th June.
Who do you think will win?