From the Orange prize site, but not necessarily this year: “to support this year’s award, the Orange Prize for Fiction researched the UK’s first ever living library of 50 contemporary ‘essential reads’“.
I’ve read 20 of the list, but some of them were so long ago I barely remember them. Perhaps that should be my challenge for this year, assuming I manage to read everything on the bookshelves in the flat.
It doesn’t help that I went to the London Review Bookshop last night and bought The Secret River by Kate Grenville.