Popular Irish novelist and short story writer Anne Enright has revealed her sense of success and failure in her books. "I have no problem with failure - it is success that makes me sad, " she declared in The Guardian on Saturday.

"Failure is easy. I do it every day, I have been doing it for years. I have thrown out more sentences than I ever kept, I have dumped months of work, I have wasted whole years writing the wrong things for the wrong people."

She is wary of succcess too as a notion. "You can get some grumpy f***** to say that your work is not just successful but important, or several grumpy f******, and they can say this before you are quite dead. And all this can happen, by the way, whether or not your work is actually good, or still good."

Enright's celebrated novel The Gathering won the 2007 Man Booker Prize. She has also won the 1991 Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, the 2001 Encore Award and the 2008 Irish Novel of the Year.