WRITER Anne Enright has been shortlisted for this year's Orange Prize, the book award for fiction written by women.
The Orange Prize, worth £30,000 (€36,420) was established in Britain 16 years ago to celebrate women's writing throughout the world.
Ms Enright has made the shortlist of six books for her most recent novel, 'The Forgotten Waltz', a story about an affair between two married people set in Dublin after the boom.
Two other Irish writers on the longlist, Aifric Campbell and Emma Donoghue, did not make the shortlist announced in London yesterday.
The other five books to make the shortlist are 'Half Blood Blues' by Esi Edugyan, 'Painter of Silence' by Georgina Harding, 'The Song of Achilles' by Madeline Miller, 'Foreign Bodies' by Cynthia Ozick, and 'State of Wonder' by Ann Pratchett.
Joanna Trollope, the chair of the judges this year, said yesterday the shortlist was of "remarkable quality and variety".
No Irish writer has won the prize before. The winner will be announced on May 30.