Ordinary People by UEA alumna Diana Evans has been shortlisted for the inaugural Orwell Prize for Political Fiction. The prize rewards outstanding fiction published in the UK that illuminates major social and political themes, and the winner will be announced in June. Diana (pictured) graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2003 and published her debut novel 26a in 2005, winning the Orange Award for New Writers and the British Book Awards deciBel Writer of the Year prize. Her second novel The Wonder was published in 2009. Ordinary People is also shortlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize and the South Bank Sky Arts Awards, and was previously shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction.