Author Rose Tremain has won this year's Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction for her novel The Road Home.

Tremain, who was nominated for the prize which honours women writers in 2004, took the £30,000 award for her tale of an Eastern European immigrant adapting to London life.

Nancy Huston's 11th novel Fault Lines and Charlotte Mendelson's When We Were Bad were also nominated, as were debut writers Heather O'Neill, Sadie Jones and Patricia Wood.

However, Tremain, a Whitbread Novel award winner, celebrated her first-ever shortlisting for the Orange Prize by claiming the prestigious award.

Chair of the judges Kirsty, said The Road Home, Tremain's tenth novel, was a "powerfully imagined story and a wonderful feat of emotional empathy told with great warmth and humour", according to the Reuters news agency.

"I got very attached to Lev, my central character," Tremain said of her prize-winning novel.

"I deliberately made him seductive and basically good so that the reader cares what happens to him and longs for him to realize his hopes."

Tremain joins previous Orange Prize winners including Zadie Smith and Ann Patchett.

Her win of the prize, now in its 13th year, as well as Joanna Kavenna's win for best new writer, was announced at the Royal Festival Hall in London's Southbank Centre.

04/06/2008 19:51:56