British novelist Hilary Mantel, winner of the two-time Booker Prize, is dead

Known for her trilogy The counselordedicated to the tumultuous life of Thomas Cromwell, the British author who had won the prestigious Booker Prize twice, died at the age of 70.

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British novelist Hilary Mantel, the first writer to win the prestigious Booker Prize twice, has died at the age of 70, her publisher HarperCollins announced on Friday September 23. “It is with great sadness that HarperCollins announces that bestselling author Dame Hilary Mantel died peacefully, surrounded by her family and close friends, yesterday (Thursday) at the age of 70“, indicates the publishing house in a press release.

The author published her first book in 1985, It’s Mother’s Day everydaybut she is best known for her trilogy The counselor, dedicated to the tumultuous life of Thomas Cromwell, one of the principal actors of the Reformation in England. The first two parts of the series translated into 41 languages, In the Shadow of the Tudors and The power, earned him twice the prestigious Booker Prize. The latest installment, released in 2020, was also critically acclaimed and sparked queues outside bookstores the day it was released.

Born July 6, 1952 in Derbyshire (central England) to a family of Irish descent, Hilary Mantel (née Thompson) grew up with the disadvantage of being “woman, northern and poor“, she said in her memoirs Giving Up the Ghostpublished in 2003.

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