Miranda Richardson blasts vitriolic attacks on Hilary Mantel weeks after the author declared Kate Middleton plastic princess

Miranda Richardson blasts 'vitriolic' attacks on Hilary Mantel… weeks after the author declared Kate Middleton 'a plastic princess'
Miranda Richardson is chairman of judges for Women’s Prize for FictionSaid Mantel deserved to be on shortlist regardless of previous successMantel has won Booker and Costa Book award for Bring Up The Bodies

Man Booker Prize for her novel 'Bring Up the Bodies' at the Guildhall, London

American author A M Homes, who said
she was ‘thrilled’ to be nominated, said American literary awards did
not suffer from the same anti-success sentiment.

'People have been quite vitriolic in some cases. I think it’s disgusting, quite frankly'

Miranda Richardson, actress and judge

She said: ‘I don’t think somebody
should be punished because her work is so good. Hilary Mantel is clearly
a wonderful writer and should not be exempt from winning prizes.’

Author Kate Mosse, the co-founder of the prize, said the shortlist was ‘exceptional”.

The winner of the 30,000 prize will be announced on June 5.