Mantel wins Man Booker!

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Bring up the Bodies by Hilary MantelHilary Mantel has became the first British author, and the first woman, to win the Man Booker Prize twice. 'Bring Up The Bodies' beat five other shortlisted titles including the favourite, Will Self’s 'Umbrella'.

In 'Bring up the Bodies', sequel to the Man Booker Prize-winning 'Wolf Hall' and part of a trilogy, Mantel explores one of the most mystifying and frightening episodes in English history: the destruction of Anne Boleyn.

The award judges described the winning title as a "remarkable" book that "transcends the work already written by a great English writer".

The 2012 Man Booker Prize longlist of 12 were chosen in July from a total of 145 titles, later reduced to a shortlist of six as follows;

What the press has to say:


The Man Booker Prize is one of the world's most famous literary prizes for contemporary fiction. Awarded to the best novel of the year written by a citizen of the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland.


by the way, the longlist for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2013 will be announced on the 12th November! Watch this space! This award, the largest and most international of its kind, is administered by Dublin City Public Libraries.


A superb writer. Have read nearly all her novels. If you liked 'Wolf Hall' go back to her first major historical novel - 'A Place of Greater Safety'. It's based on the French revolution and its bloody aftermath.
She does history as if it's happening NOW. Can't wait to read 'Bring out the Bodies'. I hve ordered the audio CD and have the book. It's a great way of 'reading' a long novel because you can listen to it on long journeys and then continue reading it at home. The combination doubles your 'reading' time and you'll be surprised how quickly you will have read all 500+ pages!

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