Hilary Mantel has “done the double,” as British soccer fans say.
As of today, Mantel has become the first British author, and first woman, to win the Man Booker Prize for fiction twice. She won the 2012 Prize for Bring Up the Bodies, the sequel to 2009′s Wolf Hall, which also earned her a Booker.
Only South African-born J.M. Coetzee and Australian author Peter Carey have won twice before.
Earlier this year, EW’s Rob Brunner wrote in a review of Bring Up the Bodies, “In Mantel’s hands, [Thomas] Cromwell’s cunning, morally complicated orchestration of that historic slice through the royal neck is as exciting as any thriller.”
In the run-up to today’s announcement, Mantel had been the odds-on favorite to win the award, along with Will Self for his modernist novel Umbrella. READ FULL STORY »