Today the devon-based author, Hilary Mantel, will be made a dame by the Prince of Wales.
The full context surrounding Hilary Mantel's controversial comments about the Duchess of Cambridge.
A full report from our correspondent Richard Lawrence on the author Hilary Mantel's comments about the Duchess of Cambridge. The Budleigh Salterton author says Kate lacks character and has called her a 'shop-window mannequin'.
David Cameron has criticised author Hilary Mantel for describing the Duchess of Cambridge as being a "shop-window mannequin".
Speaking in India, the Prime Minister said: "While I think she has written some great books, I think this is totally wrong and misguided."
An award-winning novelist has attacked the Duchess of Cambridge for being a "shop-window mannequin" with no personality.
The author Hilary Mantel has picked up another literary award for her books about Henry VIII's chancellor Thomas Cromwell. 'Bring up the Bodies' has been named the Costa Novel of the Year.
Her earlier book 'Wolf Hall' won five major awards. She lives overlooking the sea in Budleigh Salterton in Devon, where John Andrews went to meet her and find out what the prizes mean to her:
Hilary Mantel, who lives in Budleigh Salterton, has won literature's Man Booker Prize for the second time