Hilary Mantel Wins Booker 2009

On 6 October 2009 UK author Hilary Mantel won the £50,000 Man Booker Prize for Fiction for her historical novel, Wolf Hall. Others in the shortlist were A.S. Byatt, Adam Foulds, J.M. Coetzee, Simon Mawer and Sarah Waters. Wolf Hall is set in the Tudor England of the early 16th century and narrates the story of Thomas Cromwell. It looks at goings on in the court of Henry VIII and how Cromwell helped him to sever the English Church’s Roman ties.

Mantel, 57, is currently working on a sequel, and Wolf Hall is her 11th work of fiction. She has a memoir and ten novels to her credit. Her latest book has already knocked off Dan Brown’s Langdon-starrer from Amazon’s bestseller list. Mantel’s earlier books too enjoy an increase in sales.

She has won many noteworthy awards and prizes. Her Fludd (1989), got her the Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize, the Cheltenham Prize and the Southern Arts Literature Prize. She won the 1996 Hawthornden Prize for An Experiment in Love (1995). Her Beyond Black (2005) was shortlisted for 2006 Commonwealth Writers Prize and for the 2006 Orange Prize for Fiction. This British author was awarded the CBE (Commander of the British Empire) in 2006.

She was born near Glossop in Derbyshire. She has traveled widely and has lived in Botswana and Saudi Arabia. Mantel now lives with her husband Gerald McEwan, in Surrey.

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