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Tea Obreht wins Orange Prize for Fiction

9th June 2011

The 2011 Orange Prize for Fiction has been won by Tea Obreht for her debut novel, The Tiger's Wife, the story of a young woman in the Balkans tracing the life of her grandfather.

The 25-year-old author, who was born in the former Yugoslavia before moving to the US in 1997, becomes the youngest ever author to scoop the award, which comes with a GBP 30,000 prize.

She beat off competition from Emma Donoghue's Room, Aminatta Forna's Memory of Love and Grace Williams Says it Loud by Emma Henderson.

Great House by Nicole Krauss and Kathleen Winter's Annabel were the other titles shortlisted for the prize, which is awarded each year to a work of fiction written by a woman in the English language.

Commenting on Obreht's victory, Bettany Hughes, chair of the judges, praised her powers of observation and 'remarkable' understanding of the world.

'Obreht celebrates storytelling and she helps us to remember that it is the stories that we tell about ourselves, and about others, that can make us who we are and the world what it is,' she added.

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