American writer, Marilynne Robinson, has been awarded the 30,000-pound Orange Prize for Fiction, which pays tribute to work by female writers worldwide.
The judges called the Pulitzer-prize winner's latest novel "Home" as "exquisitely crafted."
The novel, which is only Robinson's third book in almost thirty years, tells the story of a prodigal son who returns home after twenty years, seeking a safe haven and hoping to make peace with his past.
"A kind, wise, enriching novel, exquisitely crafted. We were unanimously agreed, it is a profound work of art," said panel chairwoman Fi Glover.
Robinson wrestled with rivals such as first-time novelist, Samantha Harvey, Americans, Ellen Feldman and Samantha Hunt, Irish writer Deirdre Madden and Pakistani-British author Kamila Shamsie to win the 14th Orange prize.
Jonathan Ruppin, of Foyles bookshop, described Robinson as "Simply one of the outstanding prose stylists of recent years."
All I can say is, well done, Marilynne. I can only applaud you. Lets hope it doesn't take quite so long next time...
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