Hilary Mantel has become the first woman and the first living British author to win the Man Booker prize twice. The victory also makes the 60-year-old – only the third double winner of the prestigious literary accolade – the first person to win for a direct sequel.
Although she was made a CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in 2006, she was only starting to break into public consciousness. But it was 2009’s Wolf Hall that really made her name. Chronicling Thomas Cromwell’s rise from blacksmith’s son to a prominent position in Henry VIII’s court, the novel became a best-seller after winning the 2009 Man Booker Prize and various other awards.
Bring Up the Bodies, winner of the 2012 prize, continues Cromwell’s story, to be concluded in The Mirror and the Light, the culmination of Mantel’s Wolf Hall trilogy.
Receiving her second Booker award at London’s Guildhall, she joked: “You wait 20 years for a Booker Prize and two come along at once.”
Source: BBC Profile
Wolf Hall was written by Hilary Mantel. It was published in 2009.