Robinson triumphs at Orange

<p>American author Marilynne Robinson has won the &pound;30,000 Orange Prize for Fiction for her third novel <em>Home </em>(Virago), while Weidenfeld author Francesca Kay picked up the New Writers Award for her novel <em>An Equal Stillness.</em></p><p>At the announcement this evening (3rd June) chair of judges Fi Glover said <em>Home</em> was &quot;A kind, wise, enriching novel, exquisitely crafted. We were unanimously agreed&mdash;it is a profound work of art.&quot;</p><p>Robinson, who has already been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for her novel <em>Housekeeping,</em> and won it for <em>Gilead</em>, receives &pound;30,000. She beat the bookies&#39; favourite Ellen Feldman&#39;s <em>Scottsboro </em>(Picador), <em>The Wilderness</em> by Samantha Harvey (Jonathan Cape), <em>The Invention of Everything Else </em>by Samantha Hunt, <em>Molly Fox&#39;s Birthday</em> by Deirdre Madden (Faber) and Kamila Shamsie&#39;s <em>Burnt Shadows</em> (Bloomsbury). </p>