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British-Jamaican author Zadie Smith has won the Best Book category for the Eurasia region in the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (CWP) 2006, the Commonwealth Foundation announced in London on Monday. Smith whose mother is Jamaican won for her third book, titled ‘On Beauty’, portrays the interaction between two families with different beliefs and looks at the friendship and the feuds caused by a gulf in political, ideological and social values. An international judging panel chaired by Professor Angela Smith, Director of the Centre of Commonwealth Studies, University of Stirling, felt that ‘On Beauty’ was “written at such a high level of intelligence and style that it gleams. The people in it seem to have been leading real lives before the reader joins the story. It domesticates fashionable argument and posturing effortlessly, and redefines beauty.” On learning she had topped the competition, which includes competitors from Europe, and South Asia, Ms Smith, said she was honoured to be included on a list of such international variety and global reach. “It makes me feel part of a community of writers and that’s a very rewarding sensation,” she added. Her first novel, ‘White Teeth’ won the overall Commonwealth Writers Prize Best First Book award in 2001. The regional Best Book and Best First Book awards are worth