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Barbara Kingsolver wins 2010 Orange Prize for Fiction
Veteran author Barbara
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.
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
"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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