Thursday, 4 June 2009

Congratulations, Marilynne Robinson!

Yesterday evening, Marilynne Robinson was announced the winner of the Orange Prize for her novel Home. Robinson is no stranger to the world of literary accolades, already having a Pulitzer as well as a PEN/Hemingway award under her belt. This latest win raises her grand total of prestigious awards to three - one for every novel she has written. Not too shabby.

As I blogged yesterday, I was lucky enough to hear her (along with fellow shortlisters Ellen Feldman, Samantha Harvey, Kamila Shamsie, Samantha Hunt and Deirde Madden) read from their nominated books at the Southbank Centre a couple of days ago. If, however, you didn't happen to have the time, the money or, erm, the inclination to attend - fret not! You can now experience the exquisite joy of a Marilynne Robinson reading courtesy of this charmingly shaky video we dug up on YouTube, just for you. Enjoy!

P.S. If you think you know a thing or two about the Orange Prize and its past winners, you can test yourself in Bookarmy's Orange Prize quiz here.

Posted by Eilidh

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