The American author Barbara Kingsolver won the Orange Prize for Fiction for her novel The Lacuna. This British award honors each year a novel written by a woman in English. One of the judges, Daisy Goodwin, said: "We had very different tastes on the panel, but in the end we went for passion not compromise. We chose The Lacuna because it is a book of breathtaking scale and shattering moments of poignancy."
Wolf Hall by Booker prize winning British author Hilary Mantel was on the shortlist and a favorite for the award. Previous Winners are Marilynne Robinson HOME (2009), Rose Tremain THE ROAD HOME (2008), Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie HALF OF A YELLOW SUN (2007) Zadie Smith ON BEAUTY (2006).