Great news in the inbox again - What Was Lost by Catherine O'Flynn has been longlisted for the Orange Prize.
Now I'm not a fan of longlists, a little pointless really. But it's still good to see the wheat separated from the chaff and a book that I loved is still in there with a chance.
About this time last year we were selling lots of copies of Harbor by Lorraine Adams. That was another great book from a small publisher that we pushed hard. It was also shortlisted for the Orange prize but Lorraine didn't win...Zadie won.
Looking at the rest of the list I think there are a few big guns up for the Orange this year too. Kiran Desai's Booker winning Inheritance of Loss for starters!
Still, a great achievement for Catherine.
Also good for us as it suggests two things:
1: We are worth listening to when we get excited.
2: We are both blokes, but our feminine sides are in good shape!