Orange Prize Longlist Announced, Judge Criticizes Outcrop Of 'Grim' Writing

05/17/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Mark Brown The Guardian

Reading the 129 entries to this year's competition had sometimes driven Goodwin to despair, she said, as she revealed this year's longlist. "I think the misery memoir has had its day, but there are an awful lot of books out there which had not a shred of redemption in them. I'm more of a light and shade person and there does need to be some joy, not just misery."

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