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  The Idea of Perfection by Kate Grenville 19 Sep 2005  
Rosie Boycott makes the case

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This year the Orange Prize for Fiction is celebrating its 10th year in association with Woman's Hour. To mark the occasion we're inviting you to vote for your favourite winner. Each of the Orange Prize judges will try in turn to persuade you that their winning novel deserves your vote.

In 2001 the Orange Prize organisers appointed an all-male advisory judging panel to placate critics of the awards. But there was a shock result when the novel The Idea of Perfection by Australian Kate Grenville beat the bookies’ favourite The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood.

Chair of the judges for 2001 Rosie Boycott joins Jenni in the studio to discuss the book, what effect the male judging panel had on the award and why a story of a romance between two unattractive people, in an unremarkable town in Australia, beat the 2001 Booker prize-winning novel to take the award.

Read a synopsis of The Idea of Perfection and add your comments.

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