Kingsolver crowned Orange Prize for Fiction winner

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Barbara Kingsolver has won this year's Orange Prize for Fiction with her sixth novel The Lacuna.

The US author beat favourite, Booker prize-winner Hilary Mantel, and four other writers, to take the £30,000 prize at a central London ceremony.

The award, which recognises the work of fiction written by women from around the world, is now in its 15th year.

Kingsolver was presented with her award by Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Cornwall, at an awards ceremony at the Royal Festival Hall on Wednesday.

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