Thursday, October 08, 2009

Hilary Mantel on winning the Booker

So, what does it feel like to win the Man Booker Prize for contemporary fiction? Hilary Mantel, who won this week with her novel Wolf Hall, told Jasper Rees in The Telegraph.
“It’s a very odd thing because you prepare for failure,” she says, “so two of you go to the Booker dinner – the one who is going to win and the one who is going to lose. And I’m not quite sure if I’ve shaken off my double yet. I’m still living in two realities. It really is a big thing. I would never try to be cool about it. You know it is going to change your career.”

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