Hilary Mantel’s Bring up the Bodies wins the Booker Prize

16 October 2012

Hilary Mantel’s Bring Up the Bodies has won the Booker Prize, which seems right because it is the most accomplished book on the list – challenging but fundamentally readable thanks to the execution and, it must be said, the drama of the history of that period, which Mantel handles with the insight of a historian, though thankfully not a historian’s total fidelity. If you don’t believe me, read the Spectator review written by Nicola Shulman, biography of the Henrician poet Thomas Wyatt.

Mantel has joined Australian Peter Carey and South African J.M. Coetzee to hold a brace of Bookers. Speculation is already mounting about the 3rd instalment of her trilogy. It would be a wonderful and probably unsurpassable achievement if she were to secure the hat-trick.

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PS: If you haven’t heard already, Hilary Mantel’s career took off after she won the Spectator’s Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize, which has been reinstated this year. If you fancy following her example, you can find more details here.


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  • John Lea

    Can’t believe J K Rowling wasn’t even nominated! As a moaning, permanently miserable, left-wing, Guardian-reading single mother, I would have thought she was a shoo-in.

  • passerby

    I would like to express my great joy and satisfaction that H.Mantel has won the Booker Prize for Bring Up the Bodies, It is a well written, very evocative and well crafted piece of storytelling. A joy to read. Well done.

  • Eddie

    Mantel won, as I predicted months ago. With that chairman of judges, she was bound to – read Peter Stobhards pieces in Radio Times to see she was a shoo-in: she was favourite at 3-1 before the long and short lists were announced. And I’m £30 up. Hoorah!
    Having said that, I think historical novels are an utter sham and are written by those who want to write fiction but who lack imagination and creativity (however pretty their prose), and are not natural storytellers (so steal all their stories and characters from history) – so I shall certainly not be reading it. Better, more inspiring books out there.

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