British author Rose Tremain has won the prestigious Orange Prize for women's fiction for her book, The Road Home, based on the life of an eastern European immigrant.
Tremain, who won through a shortlist of six writers to take the prize, also scooped 30,000 pounds in prize money.
The Road Home tells the story of Lev, who leaves home after his saw mill closes down and his wife dies. He moves to London to support his young daughter and ageing mother and meets an array of eccentric and fascinating characters.
Chair of judges Kirsty Lang said: "The judges felt that this was a powerfully imagined story and a wonderful feat of emotional empathy told with great warmth and humour."
Tremain, whose first novel Sadler's Birthday was published in 1976, has also penned a number of radio and television plays including the award winning Temporary Shelter.
The new writer's award went to author Joanna Kavenna for her novel Inglorious, reports BBC.
The other shortlisted entrants were Nancy Huston for Fault Lines, Sadie Jones with The Outcast," Charlotte Mendelson for When We Were Bad, Heather O'Neill with Lullabies for Little Criminals and Patricia Wood for Lottery.
The awards, which were set up in 1996 to celebrate novels in English by women throughout the world, were presented at London's Royal Festival Hall on June 4.