Booker Prize-winning author Hilary Mantel dies

Booker Dame award-winning author Hilary Mary Mantel has passed away. She was 70 years old. News of her death was shared today on social media by publisher HarperCollins UK.

A tweet by HarperCollins UK read: “We are heartbroken over the death of our beloved author, Dame Hilary Mantel, and our thoughts are with her friends and family, especially is her husband, Gerald. This is a devastating loss and we can only be grateful she left us with such an amazing amount of work.”

Born on 6 July 1952 in Glossop, Derbyshire, England, Dame Hilary Mantel’s works include historical novels, short stories and memoirs. English writer best known for his Wolf Hall trilogy (the Cromwell trilogy).

Mantel has twice been awarded the prestigious Booker Prize – in 2009 for his book ‘Wolf Hall’, a historical fantasy novel about Thomas Cromwell’s rise to power at the court of Henry VIII; and in 2012 for the book ‘Bring Up the Bodies’, the second novel in the Cromwell trilogy. Her third novel in the Cromwell trilogy, titled ‘The Mirror & the Light’, was shortlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize.

According to Wikipedia, Mantel is the first woman and fourth person to receive this award twice, following in the footsteps of JM Coetzee, Peter Carey and JG Farrell,” according to Wikipedia.

My condolences to her family, friends and readers.

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