19.15pm, London, 3 June 2009 – American author Marilynne Robinson has won the fourteenth Orange Prize for Fiction with her third novel Home (Virago).
At an awards ceremony at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London, hosted by Orange Prize for Fiction Co-Founder and Honorary Director, Kate Mosse, the 2009 Chair of Judges, Fi Glover, presented the author with the £30,000 prize and the ‘Bessie’, a limited edition bronze figurine. Both are anonymously endowed.
Fi Glover, Chair of Judges, said: “A kind, wise, enriching novel, exquisitely crafted. We were unanimously agreed - it is a profound work of art.”
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.
The judges for the 2009 Orange Prize for Fiction are:
Fi Glover (Chair), Broadcaster
Bidisha, Writer and Novelist
Sarah Churchwell, Journalist and Academic
Kira Cochrane, Journalist
Martha Lane Fox, Entrepreneur
Marilynne Robinson is the author of the novels Housekeeping (1981), chosen as one of the Observer’s 100 greatest novels of all time, received the PEN/Hemingway Award for the best first novel and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and Gilead (2004) which won the Pulitzer and the National Book Critics Circle Award. She has also written two works of non-fiction, Mother Country and The Death of Adam, and teaches at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.