Author Advice from the London Book Fair 2010 - Hilary Mantel, Richard Ford and Matthew Clarke

Hilary Mantel, CBE and winner of the Man Booker Prize in 2009 for her novel Wolf Hall, was the Author of the Day at the London Book Fair on Monday. She talked to Kate Adie. Here are selected highlights in which she offers her advice to writers on tools, characterisation and working as an historical author. She said of the Man Booker, "it has to be seen as an event in your career rather than an event in your writing, your writing life goes on."

Richard Ford, Pulitzer Prize winning author of six novels and three collections of stories shared his opinions in an interview at the PEN Literary Café on studying creative writing and author aspirations, as well as his own experiences starting out as a writer including his relationship with Raymond Carver. Be prepared to be inspired to be a great writer.

Matthew Clarke, co-owner of the multiple award winning Torbay Bookshop in Devon talked to TVFH about his advice for published authors and the current challenges faced by bookshops. They come together in his successful bookselling solution: author events. In 2009 alone they did forty-two. "It's hard work on both sides."

The Torbay Bookshop website.

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