Perfectly formed: Debut novel takes prestigious prize

Eimear McBride's novel Credit: Galley Beggar Press

Debut novelist Eimear McBride has won the £30,000 Women's Prize for Fiction.

The Norwich-based writer beat big names including American novelist Donna Tartt when she was announced as the winner at a ceremony in central London for her book A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing.

The novel, which is the story of a young woman's relationship with her brother and the long shadow cast by his childhood brain tumour, was published by Norwich's Galley Beggar Press.

Previous winners of the prize, formerly sponsored by communications company Orange, include Zadie Smith's On Beauty and Lionel Shriver's We Need to Talk About Kevin.