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Newcomer Téa Obreht has won this year’s Orange Prize for Fiction for The Tiger’s Wife.

Set in the Balkans, The Tiger’s Wife tells the story of a young doctor who traces the life of her grandfather. The book was written as part of a creative writing course at Cornell University.

Obreht is the youngest-ever author to win the £30,000 (approximately AUD$46,000) prize.

Orange Prize chair of judges, Bettany Hughes, described The Tiger’s Wife as ‘an exceptional book’ and Obreht as ‘a truly exciting new talent’.

‘Obreht’s powers of observation and her understanding of the world are remarkable,’ said Hughes. ‘By skillfully spinning a series of magical tales she has managed to bring the tragedy of chronic Balkan conflict thumping into our front rooms with a bittersweet vivacity.’

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