Canadian Short Story Writer Alice Munro has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Chosen from a group of ten international writers, that included Haruki Murakami, Joyce Carol Oates, Thomas Pynchon and Peter Nadas, she joins only twelve other women to have been awarded this very prestigious prize. In 2009 Alice Munro won the £60,000 Man Booker International Prize for her body of work, which was judged “practically perfect”. Her last collection of stories titled Dear Life, included four biographical short stories and was published in 2012. Her first collection of stories, titled Lives of Girls and Women was published in 1971. Now aged 82 she has recently announced her retirement from writing.