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WORD: Barbara Kingsolver wins 2010 Orange Prize for Fiction

Veteran author Barbara Kingsolver has added yet another trophy to her growing collection, winning the 2010 Orange Prize for Fiction with her sixth novel "The Lacuna" (Faber and Faber). The win earned her a £30,000 prize and the award's traditional limited edition ‘Bessie’ bronze.

Celebrating its fifteenth anniversary this year, the Orange Prize for Fiction celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women’s writing worldwide. In addition to its cash prize, winners get a limited edition bronze known as a 'Bessie', created and donated by the artist Grizel Niven.

"We had very different tastes on the panel, but in the end we went for passion not compromise," said Daisy Goodwin, Chair of Judges in a press release. "We chose The Lacuna because it is a book of breathtaking scale and shattering moments of poignancy."

The Orange Prize for Fiction was set up in 1996 to celebrate and promote fiction written by women throughout the world to the widest range of readers possible. The Orange Prize is awarded to the best novel of the year written in English by a woman.

Barbara Kingsolver, born in 1955 and raised in eastern Kentucky, has written many books ranging from poetry, non-fiction and award-winning fiction. Her novel, The Poisonwood Bible, was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction in 1999.

She lives with her husband and daughter in southern Arizona and in the mountains of southern Appalachia, which inspired an unexpected turn in her writing with the 2007 non-fiction book "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle."

Also, Zimbabwean debut author Irene Sabatini won the 2010 Orange Award for New Writers with her novel "The Boy Next Door" (Sceptre), and a £10,000 prize.

Recent winners of the Orange Prize include Marilynne Robinson for "Home" (2009), Rose Tremain for "The Road Home" (2008), Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie for "Half of a Yellow Sun" (2007), Zadie Smith for "On Beauty" (2006) and Lionel Shriver for "We Need to Talk About Kevin" (2005).

For more information about the Orange Prize for Fiction click here.


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