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Book awards: Orange Prize for Fiction's "50 Essential Reads by Contemporary Authors"

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American Pastoral by Philip Roth
Atonement by Ian McEwan
Being Dead by Jim Crace
Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
Captain Corelli's Mandolin by Louis De Bernières
Cloudstreet by Tim Winton
The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
Disgrace by J. M. Coetzee
Enduring Love by Ian McEwan
Faith singer by Rosie Scott
Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
Fred and Edie by Jill Dawson
Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels
Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing
Grace Notes by Bernard MacLaverty
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
Hotel World by Ali Smith
The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie
Misery by Stephen King
Money: A Suicide Note by Martin Amis
Music & Silence by Rose Tremain
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson
The Passion by Jeanette Winterson
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
Rabbit Angstrom: A Tetralogy by John Updike
The Regeneration Trilogy by Pat Barker
Riders by Jilly Cooper
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Smilla's Sense of Snow by Peter Høeg
The Story of Tracy Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson
A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth
The Tin Drum by Günter Grass
Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh
Unless by Carol Shields
What a Carve Up! by Jonathan Coe
What I Loved by Siri Hustvedt
White Teeth by Zadie Smith
The Women's Room by Marilyn French

Award description

To support the 2004 award, the Orange Prize for Fiction researched the UK’s first ever living library of 50 contemporary ‘essential reads’.
The books were chosen by a sample of 500 people attending the first week of the Guardian Hay festival and represent the audience’s definitive ‘must have’ bookshelf by living writers.


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