The shortlist for the Orange Broadband New Writers Award has been announced:

Clare Allan, POPPY SHAKESPEARE (Bloomsbury)
Karen Connelly, THE LIZARD CAGE (Harvill Secker)
Roopa Farooki, BITTER SWEETS (Macmillan)

“We were very impressed with this year’s submissions for the Orange Broadband Award for New Writers,” said Jackie Kay, poet, novelist and Chair of judges. “We admired the breadth, depth, insight and talent of so many of these books and were spoilt for choice and impressed with the state of women’s fiction today. We are happy to see women take on such big and serious subjects, both personal and political, with such imaginative panache.”