Congratulations to Tea Obreht for winning the Orange Prize for Fiction in the UK, for her sparkling debut novel The Tiger’s Wife. You can read my review here. See also my summary of Tea’s discussion of the novel at last month’s Sydney Writers’ Festival here.
Judges praised Obreht’s story-telling ability, how she weaves the barbarity of the Balkans conflict into a story about stories and the love they can inspire in us. You can see the announcement at the Orange Prize website here.
You can read the Guardian’s article on the ‘surprise’ winner here. (Room by Emma Donoghue was the hot favourite to win.) See also the Guardian’s follow-up opinion piece on the victory for Obreht here in which The Tiger’s Wife is praised for its exuberance – a starkly different novel to Room.