Head of the judging panel, Daisy Goodwin said, “We chose ‘The Lacuna’ because it is a book of breathtaking scale and shattering moments of poignancy. It wasn’t a unanimous decision in the sense that we all said this was the winner, but I think it was fashionably consensual in that we all listened to each others’ point of view.” (Reuters)
“We decided to go for the book which aroused the most passion in the most people rather than settle for everyone’s second choice.”
The Orange Prize is open to any full length novel, written in English by a woman of any nationality, provided that the novel is published for the first time in the United Kingdom between 1 April of the year before the prize is awarded and 31 March of the year in which the prize is awarded. Although the novel’s first UK publication must fall within these dates, it’s still eligible if it was previously published in English elsewhere.
Also announced were the Orange Award for New Writers which was won by Irene Sabatini’s novel, The Boy Next Door; the Orange/Harper’s Bazaar Short Story Competition which was won by Anna Lewis – entrants were asked to write a story of no more than 2,000 words on the theme of ‘The Face’ and Orange Prize Youth Panel Award which was awarded to Anne Michaels for Fugitive Pieces – this prize is part of the Orange Prize’s strategy to engage with younger readers and is awarded to the judges favourite novel from all the previous winners.