Rose Tremain has just been announced as the winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction for 2008, for her novel The Road Home.
You can listen to Rose Tremain reading from The Road Home by clicking on this link
And you can find a short Q & A with Rose on the Orange Prize website here
I can’t say I’m really surprised that Rose Tremain won, if only because she is the more experienced author and the only one I’ve heard of ha ha. I still haven’t decided if I think we even need a women’s prize as it just reeks of sexism to me. Perhaps it would be different if women didn’t enter all the other prizes as well or if there was a men only prize, but I think it causes a divide that doesn’t really need to be there.