AM Homes has beaten Hilary Mantel to win the Women’s Prize for Fiction with her sixth novel May We Be Forgiven, a dark satire of contemporary America. Homes, the fifth American writer in a row to win the £30,000 annual prize, said she was “thrilled” to receive it. Chair of the judges, actress Miranda Richardson, described the novel as a “dazzling, original, viscerally funny black comedy”. “This is a book we want to read again and give to our friends,” she said. Homes’s victory prevented Hilary Mantel’s Bring up the Bodies from pulling off an extraordinary triple win.