Song Of Achilles Surprise Winner of Orange Prize

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Debut novelist, Madeline Miller was announced the surprise winner of Orange’s coveted fiction prize for 2012 last night.

Her novel The Song of Achilles was the fourth consecutive title from an American author and is the love story between Achilles and Patroclus set during the backdrop of the First Trojan War and performs as an ‘alternative history’ to Iliad.

After spending the last ten years teaching Classic at a high school level whilst she wrote the novel, Miller was the surprise winner of the prize, beating Foreign Bodies by Cynthia Ozick (widely tipped as the bookies’ favourite), State of Wonder by former winner Ann Patchett, The Forgotten Waltz by Man Booker winner Anne Enright, Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan and and Georgina Harding’s Painter of Silence.

This is the seventeenth year of the prize and the last it will carry the Orange name after the mobile phone has decided to end sponsorship

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One thought on “Song Of Achilles Surprise Winner of Orange Prize

  1. Just finished reading this and definitely inspired to read more of Greek mythology.

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