Having won the Man Booker Prize twice for her novels focusing on Thomas Cromwell’s rise to power, Hilary Mantel is one of the world’s bestselling authors of historical fiction. Born on 6 July, 1952 in Derbyshire, Hilary was the eldest of three children and worked as a social worker and sales assistant before going into writing. She published her first novel, Every Day is Mother’s Day, in 1985 and was The Spectator’s film critic from 1987 to 1991.
Wolf Hall was published in 2009 and was followed by Bring Up the Bodies in 2012. Both books won the Man Booker and are due to be followed by The Mirror and the Light. Hilary Mantel was awarded a CBE in 2006 and named Dame Commander of the British Empire (DBE) in 2014.