Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Tania Hershman - commended by Orange Prize judges

hey! My mate Tania Hershman, fellow Salt author and altogether lovely lady, has been commended by the judges of The Orange Prize!

"We were deeply impressed by the tremendous quality of this year's new writers," said Mishal Husain, BBC World News presenter and Chair of judges, "it was a very competitive field and therefore an excruciating process to choose just three of the 80 books we read. The shortlist we eventually decided upon reflects the dynamism and diversity of the entries, showcasing three authors with very different voices but an outstanding talent. We believe their extraordinary novels will appeal to a wide range of readers and also inspire the writers of tomorrow."
She continues," We would also like to commend two other authors, Tania Hershman and CE Morgan, whose work stood out for its remarkable quality. We look forward to seeing more of their writing in the future."

Tania's short story collection The White Road and other Stories is a remarkable book. And it is extra specially lovely to know that the judges have commended a short story collection!

This is the best best thing! I am moved, excited, and nearly squashed my lunch sandwich into the keyboard! Well done Tania, and here are many many many heartfelt congratulations.


1 comment:

Tania Hershman said...

V - I hope your keyboard has recovered! Thank you for celebrating with me, it's a lovely, shocking, exciting thing... and great for short stories and small presses, yay!!!