Ruth Ozeki’s fourth novel, The Book of Form and Emptiness, has won the Women’s prize for fiction.

The novelist, film-maker and Zen Buddhist priest takes the £30,000 award for a book that “stood out for its sparkling writing, warmth, intelligence, humour and poignancy”, according to the chair of judges, Mary Ann Sieghart.

The Women’s prize for fiction, formerly known as the Orange and then the Baileys prize, launched in 1996 and is awarded to “the best full-length novel of the year by a woman” written in English and published in the UK.

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