Dame Hilary Mary Mantel, DBE, FRSL is a British writer whose work includes historical fiction, personal memoirs, and short stories
After university, Mantel worked in the social work department of a geriatric hospital and then as a sales assistant in a department store.
In 1973, she married Gerald McEwen, a geologist. In 1974, she began writing a novel about the French Revolution, which was published in 1992 as A Place of Greater Safety.
In 1977, Mantel moved to Botswana with her husband where they lived for the next five years.
Later, they spent four years in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. She published a memoir of this period in the London Review of Books. She later said that leaving Jeddah felt like “the happiest day of life”.
Hilary Mantel Parents: Meet Henry Thompson, Margaret Thompson
Who are Hilary Mantel’s parents? Her father and mother
Hilary Mary Mantel was born in Glossop, United Kingdom to Henry Thompson, and Margaret Thompson.
Her parents, Margaret Foster and Henry Thompson were both of Irish descent but were born in England.
Her parents separated and she did not see her father after the age of eleven. The family, without her father but with Jack Mantel 1932–1995, who by now had moved in with them, relocated to Romiley, Cheshire, and Jack became her unofficial stepfather.
At this point, she took her de facto stepfather’s surname legally.