Who is Hilary Mantel?
Hilary Mantel, the Booker Prize-winning author of the acclaimed “Wolf Hall” trilogy of historical novels, has died. She was 70.
Hilary Mantel was a British writer whose work includes historical fiction, personal memoirs, and short stories.
She won two Booker Prizes, the first for the 2009 novel Wolf Hall, a fictional account of Thomas Cromwell’s rise to power in the court of Henry VIII, and the second for the 2012 sequel Bring Up the Bodies.
The third installment of the Cromwell trilogy, The Mirror & the Light, was released on 5 March 2020 in the UK and the following July was longlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize.
Hilary Mary Thompson was born in Glossop, Derbyshire, the eldest of three children, and raised as a Catholic in the mill village of Hadfield where she attended St Charles Roman Catholic Primary School.
Mantel died “suddenly yet peacefully” surrounded by close family and friends, publisher HarperCollins said Friday.
Mantel is credited with re-energizing historical fiction with “Wolf Hall” and two sequels about the 16th-century English powerbroker Thomas Cromwell, right-hand man to King Henry VIII.
The publisher said Mantel was “one of the greatest English novelists of this century.”