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  Best of the Best 8 June 2005  
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This year the Orange Prize for Fiction is celebrating its tenth year in association with Woman's Hour. To mark the occasion we invited you to vote for your favourite winner - the Best of the Best.

From Monday 12 September to Friday 23 September each of the Orange Prize Chairs of judges tried in turn to persuade you that their winning novel deserves your vote and the accolade 'Best of the Best'.

The votes are in and your Best of the Best is Small Island by Andrea Levy  

Winners of the Orange Prize for Fiction, 1996 - 2005

Helen Dunmore12 September - Helen Dunmore for A Spell of Winter (1996)
Kate Mosse, novelist and co-founder of the Orange Prize for Fiction


13 September - Anne Michaels for Fugitive Pieces (1997)
Professor Lisa Jardine, historian and broadcaster



14 September - Carol Shields for Larry's Party (1998)
Sheena Macdonald, broadcaster



15 September - Suzanne Berne for A  Crime in the Neighbourhood (1999)
Lola Young, Professor of Cultural Studies at Middlesex University


16 September - Linda Grant for When I Lived in Modern Times (2000)
Polly Toynbee, Guardian columnist and broadcaster


19 September - Kate Grenville for The Idea of Perfection (2001)
Rosie Boycott, journalist and broadcaster



20 September - Ann Patchett for Bel Canto (2002)
Sue MacGregor, broadcaster



21 September - Valerie Martin for Property (2003)
Ahdaf Souief, novelist



22 September - Andrea Levy for Small Island (2004)
Sandi Toksvig, broadcaster and novelist



23 September - Lionel Shriver for We Need to Talk About Kevin (2005)
Jenni Murray, broadcaster



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Let us know what you think of the books on the list - just click on the book title and use the email form on that page to send us your comments about the novel. We'll broadcast a range of your views while voting is taking place. 


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