Hilary Mantel wins the Man Booker Prize 2012

Hilary Mantel has been awarded the Man Booker Prize for her novel Bring Up the Bodies. She is now the first woman to have won the Booker twice and the only British author to have done so. Bring Up the Bodies is the sequel to her much-lauded Wolf Hall, winner of the Man Booker Prize in 2009. Both novels follow the rise and fall of Thomas Cromwell, chief minister to Henry VIII. The shortlisted titles were The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng, Swimming Home by Deborah Levy, The Lighthouse by Alison Moore and Umbrella by Will Self.

Speaking at the ceremony at the Guildhall in London, the chair of the judges, Sir Peter Stothard, called Mantel ‘the greatest modern English prose writer’. Receiving the prize, Mantel joked: ‘You wait 20 years for a Booker prize and then two come along at once.’ Speaking of her fascination with this period in history, she later added in an interview with the Guardian’s Mark Brown, ‘It’s one of those stories that you’re never done telling. It never loses its grip.’ She is now working on the final book in her trilogy.

Hilary Mantel introduces the Folio edition of Religion and the Decline of Magic, a seminal history of religion and superstition in the 16th and 17th centuries, as well as A Tale of Two Cities. Will Self introduces Kafka’s Metamorphosis and Other Stories. And the chair of the judges, Sir Peter Stothard, introduces a volume of the Folio Complete Greek Tragedies.

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