The big surprise: Zoe Heller and Monica Ali didnâ€™t make the cut.
Margaret Atwood, Oryx and Crake (Bloomsbury)
Shirley Hazzard, The Great Fire (Virago)
Andrea Levy, Small Island (Review)
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Purple Hibiscus (Fourth Estate)
Gillian Slovo, Ice Road (Little, Brown)
Rose Tremain, The Colour (Chatto and Windus)
Of these Iâ€™ve only read the Hazzard and the Atwood, but Purple Hibiscus has been on my list ever since Adichieâ€™s interview with Moorish Girl. (Link first seen at the Literary Saloon at the Complete Review.)