Orange 2012 – four historical novels shortlisted
April 17, 2012
The latest Orange Prize shortlist has been announced, and four of the six novels are historical novels by our definition of the genre. Only one of them is set beyond living memory – and that one, arguably, is set before recorded history: Madeline Miller’s re-imagining of the Trojan War, A Song of Achilles. Esi Edugyan’s Half Blood Blues (Winner of the 2011 Giller Prize and also shortlisted for the 2012 Walter Scott Prize) is set in 1940s Berlin and Paris. Meanwhile Georgina Harding’s Painter of Silence, set in Romania, Cynthia Ozick’s Foreign Bodies, set in New York paint two very different worlds in the 1950s.
Foreign Bodies is currently the favourite at 2/1 with bookmakers William Hill.
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