Hilary Mantel - WikipediaIn I brought out a novel called A Change of Climate, which was shortlisted for a small prize given to books with a religious theme. It was the first time a novel had got so far with the judges and I was surprised to be in contention. The main characters in my book were Christian missionaries. The winner was to be announced at a low-key gathering at an old-fashioned publishing house near the British Museum. I had never been to a literary party that was anything like this.
Hilary Mantel wins Booker Prize
Favorites do win the Man Booker Prize…. Many hotly tipped novels have fallen at the final hurdle in past years but Mantel has bucked the trend. A richly historical novel, Wolf Hall is set in the s and tells the story of Thomas Cromwell's rise to prominence in the Tudor court. Apparently, the author spent five years writing the book and she is already working on a sequel. Literary heavyweights Sarah Waters , A.
Author advice from Hilary Mantel
The book is the first in a trilogy; the sequel Bring Up the Bodies was published in Born to a working-class family of no position or name, Cromwell rose to become the right-hand man of Cardinal Thomas Wolsey , adviser to the King. He survived Wolsey's fall from grace to eventually take his place as the most powerful of Henry's ministers. In that role, he observed turning points of English history, as Henry asserted his authority to declare his marriage annulled from Catherine of Aragon , married Anne Boleyn , broke from Rome, established the independence of the Church of England, and called for the dissolution of the monasteries. The novel is a reenvisioning of historical and literary records; in Robert Bolt 's play A Man for All Seasons Cromwell is portrayed as the calculating, unprincipled opposite of Thomas More 's honour and rectitude.