Scottish author Ali Smith, who is on the Orange Prize for Fiction shortlist, has made it into the history books by having her novel, 'The Accidental', shortlisted for three of the biggest British literary awards. 

The book, which won the Whitbread Novel of the Year in January, was also shortlisted for last year's Man Booker Prize.

Now 'The Accidental', together with fellow Man Booker shortlisted author, Zadie Smith ('On Beauty') and four other authors, is in the running for the UK's only annual book award for fiction written by a woman.

The shortlist is completed by Nicole Krauss' 'The History of Love', Carrie Tiffany's debut novel 'Everyman's Rules for Scientific Living', Hilary Mantel with 'Beyond Black' and Sarah Waters with 'The Night Watch'.

Now in its eleventh year, the Orange Prize for Fiction celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women's writing.

The winner will be presented with a cheque for £30,000 and a limited edition bronze statue known as 'the Bessie', created by artist Grizel Niven.

The winner will be announced at the Orange Prize for Fiction award ceremony in London on 6 June.

Last year's winner was Lionel Shriver for 'We Need to Talk About Kevin'.