Hilary Mantel has been named the winner of The Man Booker Prize 2012 for Bring Up the Bodies, the stunning sequel to Wolf Hall, which also won the prize in 2009. Hilary Mantel is the first ever Briton to win the prize twice, and also the first author to win the award for a sequel. Bring Up the Bodies beat off stiff competition from the likes of Will Self’s Umbrella and Deborah Levy’s Swimming Home to claim the prize, which consists of £50,000 and a designer-bound copy of their book.

Judged by chair Sir Peter Stohard, Dinah Birch, Amanda Foreman, Dan Stevens and Bharat Tandon, Bring Up the Bodies is a book that tells the story of Thomas Cromwell, an advisor to Henry VIII, and charts the downfall of Anne Boleyn. Sir Peter Stohard told the BBC: “This double accolade is uniquely deserved” and that Bring Up the Bodies is “a very remarkable piece of English prose that transcends the work already written by a great English prose writer”.

One of the objectives of the Man Booker Prize is to encourage the widest possible readership for the best in literary fiction and the Book People has all six of 2012’s shortlisted titles available in the Man Booker Prize Collection for just £29.99. To celebrate Hilary Mantel’s achievement, you can also get an extra 10% off until Midnight Friday (19 October) by entering Promotion Code MAN12 at the checkout when ordering this collection!

Man Booker Shortlist