WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Keri Hulme, the New Zealander whose 1984 novel The Bone People won the Man Booker Prize, has died. She was 74.
Family members confirmed Hulme died Monday morning at Waimate on New Zealand’s South Island. They did not specify a cause.
Hulme worked as a tobacco picker, dropped out of law school and was a charity worker before becoming an unusual literary star when The Bone People, her first novel, won one of fiction’s greatest prizes.
The novel was rejected by several publishers before being picked up by the obscure publisher Spiral, a New Zealand feminist collective.