I'm not sure if it is a gender thing, but I often find Orange shortlisted books more accessible than those in the Booker prize. So I was interested to see that the 2009 shortlist was published yesterday. Visit the Orange Prize website for the full list and links to pages about the individual books.
The Bookseller reports that Bloomsbury is making one of the shortlisted books, Burnt Shadows by Kamila Shamsie, available as a free download for just 24 hours, starting at midday (British time) today, 22nd April. The given link to Bloomsbury isn't yet working at the time of writing, but if you are interested it is definitely worth checking out after midday today.