Historical fiction is not dead – as some fear or hope – as Hilary Mantel winning the Man Booker prize has proven tonight. Two great Tudor books recognized by this hugely prestigious prize.
Originally posted on The New York Observer:
Hilary Mantel has won the Man Booker Prize for fiction for Bring up the Bodies. The award was announced today during a dinner ceremony at London’s medieval Guildhall.
“You wait 20 years for a Booker Prize and two come along at once,” Ms. Mantel said, when accepting the award. Ms. Mantel won the prize for Wolf Hall in 2009. Bring up the Bodies is a sequel to Wolf Hall, which is something that the judges are hesitant to do, according to the broadcasters we were listening to on the BBC Livestream.