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Mantel makes history with second Booker fiction prize

Published on Oct 17, 2012 8:01 AM
 
Author Hilary Mantel poses with her book Bring up the Bodies, after winning the 2012 Man Booker Prize, at the Guildhall in London on Oct 16, 2012. Ms Hilary Mantel wrote herself into the history books on Tuesday, becoming the first woman and first Briton to win the coveted Man Booker prize for fiction twice with Bring Up the Bodies, the sequel to her acclaimed Wolf Hall. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (REUTERS) - Ms Hilary Mantel wrote herself into the history books on Tuesday, becoming the first woman and first Briton to win the coveted Man Booker prize for fiction twice with Bring Up the Bodies, the sequel to her acclaimed Wolf Hall.

Two men had previously "done the double" - J.M. Coetzee who was born in South Africa and Australia's Peter Carey.

Chair of judges Peter Stothard described Mantel as the"greatest modern English prose writer" and told reporters she had rewritten the art of historical fiction.

Wolf Hall, her re-imagining of the rise of blacksmith's son Thomas Cromwell to the pinnacle of power in King Henry VIII's court, won the 50,000 pound (S$99,000) prize in 2009.

 
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