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Hilary Mantel 'kept feet on ground after Man Booker win'

8th September 2010

Hilary Mantel has not allowed the fame that came with victory in the 2009 Man Booker Prize for Fiction to take her attention away from her real life.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph, the author said that she was recognised in the street for a week or so after winning the GBP 50,000 award with her historical novel Wolf Hall.

But Mantel added that she always knew a writer is judged on the words they publish, not the awards they have won in the past, and felt compelled to work on her next book rather than enjoy the trappings of fame.

'I haven't lived in a glamorous whirl since I won the prize. I could have taken up any number of invitations to festivals abroad, but only if I ditched the commitments at home that were already in my diary,' she wrote.

However, the author conceded that winning the Man Booker has been nothing but good for her, namely in that it boosted the sales of her works and has given her the chance to write whatever she likes for the next few years.

Yesterday (September 7th), the six-strong shortlist for the 2010 Man Booker Prize was unveiled, featuring Peter Carey's Parrot and Olivier in America, C by Tom McCarthy and Howard Jacobson's The Finkler Question.
 

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