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Congratulations to Tea Obreht on winning the Orange Prize, and many thanks to friends and well-wishers - London gives a great party, which I managed to get to late, after almost being swallowed for the evening by the Golden Gallery and the Whispering Gallery at St. Paul's Cathedral. There's a sign partway up the 500 or so steps warning that once you pass a certain point there is no turning back as the stairs become too narrow. What the sign doesn't say is that beyond this point of no return the steps become a vertiginous open spiral, or that they eventually come minus a handrail, and that it would be good if you had a few prayers up your sleeve if you wanted to get out of it any time soon.
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On June 9th, 2011 04:00 am (UTC), 534mu5 commented:
sorry you didn't win. but the whole journey is amazing, and your second novel will knock their socks off!
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On June 9th, 2011 04:41 am (UTC), norabird commented:
Lovely orange-appropriate outfit! I hope the ceremony was fun. Tea is lovely but I was torn on who to root for....congratulations on the nomination!
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On June 9th, 2011 10:56 am (UTC), Marilee Pittman commented:
Drat! I am disappointed, but you look terrific and it sounds like you are having a fabulous time and what an honour to be shortlisted.....
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On June 9th, 2011 09:04 pm (UTC), kathleenwinter replied:
Thank you, Marilee - it has been a wonderful week in London with Esther!
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On June 11th, 2011 05:14 am (UTC), muse_books commented:
I will admit that 'The Tiger's Wife' was my favourite but 'Annabel' was my second choice.

I was part of an 2011 Orange Prize Shadowing Group organised by Warwickshire libraries that had 16 readers from all over the county reading the six short-listed books in the same time period the judges did.

We met last Tuesday evening to debate and choose our winner. Certainly a lot of positive things said about 'Annabel' around the table.

Have you encountered Ali Shaw's 'The Girl with Glass Feet'? While a very different novel to yours, 'Annabel's' opening scene with the white caribou reminded me of that as white animals strongly feature in the story.
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