The other nominees were:
Wolf Hall by English writer Hilary MantelThe Very Thought of You by English writer Rosie AlisonBlack Water Rising by American writer Attica LockeA Gate at the Stairs by American writer Lorrie MooreThe White Woman on the Green Bicycle by English/Trinidadian writer Monique Roffey
Canadian author Anne Michaels won the Youth Panel Award - a special award this year that gave youth the opportunity to pick their favourite winner from the past 14 years - for her 1997 Orange Prize winner, Fugitive Pieces. The Orange Prize for New Writers went to Zimbawean author Irene Sabatini for The Boy Next Door.
Really, it's kind of an embarrassment of riches awards-wise.