March 17, 2010 / 12:12 AM / 10 years ago

Levy, Mantel battle 7 debut novels for Orange prize

LONDON (Reuters) - Literary heavyweights Andrea Levy and Hilary Mantel are up against seven first-time novelists in the longlist for the 2010 Orange Prize for Fiction honouring women writers in the English language.

Author Hilary Mantel laughs during a photocall after winning the 2009 Man Booker Prize for Fiction with her book "Wolf Hall" the the Guildhall in London October 6, 2009. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

Briton Levy, who won the award in 2004 for “Small Island” about Jamaican immigrants in Britain, is nominated for “The Long Song,” and compatriot Mantel, the Booker Prize winner last year, is longlisted for her acclaimed historical novel “Wolf Hall.”

Among the first-time novelists on the 20-strong longlist for the coveted prize are New Zealand’s Eleanor Catton (“The Rehearsal”), and Morocco’s Laila Lalami (“Secret Son”).

Daisy Goodwin, TV producer, author and chair of the 2010 judging panel, said “in the end we have chosen a muscular, original and pleasurable longlist that will appeal to all kinds of readers.”

The annual prize goes to a woman writing in English, whatever her nationality. The winner receives a cheque for 30,000 pounds and will be announced on June 9. The shortlist is revealed on April 20.

Following is a list of the longlisted authors, the title of their nominated books and nationalities:

Rosie Alison/The Very Thought of You/Britain

Eleanor Catton/The Rehearsal/New Zealand

Clare Clark/Savage Lands/Britain

Amanda Craig/Hearts and Minds/Britain

Roopa Farooki/The Way Things Look to Me/Britain

Rebecca Gowers/The Twisted Heart/Britain

M.J. Hyland/This is How/Britain

Sadie Jones/Small Wars/Britain

Barbara Kingsolver/The Lacuna/United States

Laila Lalami/Secret Son/Morocco

Andrea Levy/The Long Song/Britain

Attica Locke/Black Water Rising/United States

Hilary Mantel/Wolf Hall/Britain

Maria McCann/The Wilding/Britain

Nadifa Mohamed/Black Mamba Boy/Britain

Lorrie Moore/A Gate at the Stairs/United States

Monique Roffey/The White Woman on the Green Bicycle/Spain-Britain

Amy Sackville/The Still Point/Britain

Kathryn Stockett/The Help/United States

Sarah Waters/The Little Stranger/Britain

Reporting by Mike Collett-White, editing by Paul Casciato

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