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Orange Prize for Fiction

6th June 2006

"White Teeth" author Zadie Smith is the bookmakers' favourite to win this year's Orange Prize for Fiction on Tuesday.

Smith was nominated for her third novel "On Beauty" but faces competition for the women-only prize from her namesake and second-favourite Ali Smith with "The Accidental".

Both authors will be hoping for better luck after missing out on a number of other high-profile honours in the last year.

"On Beauty" was shortlisted for the Booker Prize as was The Accidental, which also failed to take the Whitbread prize despite making it to the final and being the hot favourite.

It is the third time Zadie Smith has been nominated for the Orange prize.

The other shortlisted authors are Hilary Mantel for "Beyond Black," Sarah Waters for "The Night Watch," American Nicole Krauss for "The History of Love" and Australian Carrie Tiffany for her debut novel "Everyman's Rules for Scientific Living."

The 30,000-pound prize was set up in 1996 to celebrate and promote fiction by women who write in English.

Last year's winner was "We Need to Talk About Kevin" by American author Lionel Shriver.


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