Writer Keri Hulme, who won the Man Booker Prize for her novel Stone People, has died.
New Zealand writer Keri Hulme, whose 1984 book The Stone People won the Man Booker Prize, died at the age of 74. According to family members, Hulme died Monday in Waimate on New Zealand’s South Island. However, they did not state the cause of death.
In addition to writing, Hulme, who left law school, earned a living as a tobacco collector and charity worker. She became a surprising literary star when her first novel, Stone People, won one of the most prestigious literary awards in 1985.
Her manuscript was rejected by several publishers for twelve years, and she eventually succeeded with the New Zealand feminist publishing house and the Spiral art association.
Fame was not important to her.
It took the Hulme almost 20 years to write the Stone People. She also used her Maori and Scottish roots to create the work, intertwining themes with personal and cultural isolation.
“She was talked about as a literary giant, but she didn’t talk much about it herself,” her nephew Matthew Salmons told Stuff’s New Zealand news website. “It simply came to our notice then. She has always been a storyteller. It was never about tinsel, she just had stories she wanted to share, “he added.