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Hilary Mantel, acclaimed author of ‘Wolf Hall’, dies at 70

Written by Lianne KolirinLea Dolan, CNNLondon

Hilary Mantel, the British author who won the Booker Prize twice, has died aged 70.

The acclaimed writer, who received the prestigious award for two of the books in her landmark ‘Wolf Hall’ trilogy, died peacefully Thursday surrounded by close family and friends, according to her agent.

In an online blog post, her agent, Bill Heath, said: “It is with great sadness that AM Heath and HarperCollins announce that bestselling author Dame Hilary Mantel DBE passed away suddenly but peacefully yesterday surrounded by of close family and friends, aged 70. Hilary Mantel was one of the greatest English novelists of this century and her beloved works are considered modern classics. She will be sorely missed.”

Mantel was born in Derbyshire, England in 1952. After studying law for a year at London’s School of Economics, she transferred to the University of Sheffield and graduated in 1973.

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She was a film critic for the British cultural affairs magazine The Spectator from 1987 to 1991 and published her first novel, “Every Day is Mother’s Day”, in 1985.

But it wasn’t until the publication of her 10th novel, “Wolf Hall,” in 2009 that Mantel became a household name.

Set in Tudor England and centered on the life and times of statesman and Henry VIII’s Chief Minister Thomas Cromwell, ‘Wolf Hall’ won the 2009 Booker Prize.

Three years later, Mantel’s sequel, “Bring Up the Bodies”, won the award again. “You wait 20 years for a Booker Prize and then two come at once,” the author said upon receiving the award, according to the Guardian.

A 2015 TV adaptation of “Wolf Hall” and “Bring Up the Bodies,” starring Mark Rylance as Cromwell and Damian Lewis as Henry VIII, was nominated for eight Primetime Emmys.

In 2020, eight years after the publication of “Bring Up the Bodies”, the highly anticipated final installment of the “Wolf Hall” trilogy, “The Mirror and the Light”, was released.


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