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The Lacuna wins Orange Prize for Fiction

10th June 2010

Barbara Kingsolver has won the 2010 Orange Prize for Fiction with The Lacuna, seeing off competition from favourite Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel.

The American author received a cheque for GBP 30,000 and a limited edition bronze statue, known as a Bessie, in a ceremony at the Royal Festival Hall in central London.

Other titles shortlisted for the women-only prize included Attica Locke's Black Water Rising, The Very Thought of You by Rosie Alison, Lorrie Moore's A Gate at the Stairs and The White Woman on a Green Bicycle by Monique Roffey.

Daisy Goodwin, chair of judges, said the members of the panel had different tastes, but eventually chose to decide by 'passion not compromise'.

'We chose The Lacuna because it is a book of breathtaking scale and shattering moments of poignancy,' she continued.

The ceremony also saw Zimbabwean debut author Irene Sabatini awarded the 2010 Orange Award for New Writers for her novel The Boy Next Door. She received a GBP 10,000 bursary from Arts Council England.

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