Eleanor Catton: ‘It helps to surround yourself with people unlike you’


RuthThe Kiwi author describes the journey that led to her Booker Prize win: The Telegraph

The morning after the night that will change her life, Booker Prize-winning novelist Eleanor Catton looks remarkably self-possessed. When her name was read out, she described the sensation as like being hit by a “white wall”, and after just two hours’ sleep and two cups of coffee, she is still struggling to get her head round it. “I still don’t think it’s quite real, I don’t know when it will feel real. It is an unreal situation.”

It’s clear is that she would rather talk about ideas than her emotions. “It is less fun to talk about what I am feeling rather than what I am thinking. Saying ‘I feel awesome’ isn’t really interesting or enquiring.”

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