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Emma Donoghue emerges as favourite for Orange Prize for Fiction

3rd June 2011

Emma Donoghue has been installed as the favourite to claim this year's Orange Prize for Fiction for her seventh novel, Room.

The Irish author is currently 2/1 with bookmaker William Hill to scoop the prize, which will be presented next Wednesday (June 8th) at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London.

Second favourite for the prize, which is awarded each year to the best novel written in English by a female writer, is Aminatta Forna for her second book, Memory of Love.

Other books deemed to be in close contention for the award are Emma Henderson's debut novel Grace Says It Loud and Great House by Nicole Krauss, the writer's second book, which are each 5/1 to win the prize next week.

Tea Obreht's debut The Tiger's Wife and Kathleen Winter's Annabel, also her first book, are the outsiders at 6/1.

Commenting on the quality of the 2011 shortlist, Bettany Hughes, chair of the judges, said: 'The clarity and human understanding on the page is simply breathtaking. The number of first-time novelists is an indicator of the rude health of women's writing.'

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