The prize consists of a cheque for £30,000, a limited edition bronze figurine affectionately known as 'Bessie' (anonymously endowed), and a magnum of Taittinger Prestige Rosé.
The sparkling evening, held in The Clore Ballroom of the Royal Festival Hall, was hosted by the Co-Founder and Honorary Director of the Orange Prize for Fiction, Kate Mosse. Magnums of Champagne Taittinger Brut Réserve ensured the crème de la crème of the literary world had an award-winning glass of Champagne with which to toast Madeline's success.
The Orange Prize for Fiction was set up in 1996 and is the UK's only annual book award for fiction written by a woman. The Prize celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women's writing throughout the world and is awarded to the best novel of the year written in English by a woman.
This is the seventh consecutive year that Champagne Taittinger has been involved with the Orange Prize for Fiction, and underlines the Champagne's growing association with the art and literary worlds. This includes an ongoing association with the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize; sponsored by the Arts Council UK and the Independent Newspaper.
Lynn Murray, Marketing Director for Taittinger's UK Agents Hatch Mansfield commented, "Champagne Taittinger is delighted to again be the preferred Champagne for this highly respected literary award. Recognising the best of independent female writing talent, this award reflects Taittinger's appeal to the independently minded."