The Orange Prize shortlist, announced yesterday, includes Hilary Mantel’s brilliant Beyond Black, Nicole Krauss’ The History of Love, Sarah Waters’ The Night Watch, Zadie Smith’s On Beauty, Carrie Tiffany’s Everyman’s Rules for Scientific Living, and Ali Smith’s The Accidental.
Read more about the shortlisted books at the Guardian. I’ve read four on the list, and started and (at least temporarily) abandoned another. I’m pulling for the Mantel. Then the Krauss (comments here, here, and here). After that, the Waters.