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.
From one of our finest living writers, Wolf Hall is a truly great English novel, and one that explores the intersection of individual psychology and wider politics. With a vast array of characters, and richly overflowing with incident, it peels back history to show us Tudor England as a half-made society, moulding itself with great passion, suffering and courage. Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2009, it also earned author Hilary Mantel the title of UK Author of the Year at the Galaxy National Book Awards in 2010.