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Booker Prize winner Hilary Mantel dies aged 70: Publisher

British writer Hilary Mantel was awarded the title of Dame by the late Queen Elizabeth II

Hilary Mantell, Britain’s first female novelist, two-time Booker Prize winner and million-selling worldwide, has died at the age of 70, her publishers announced on Friday.

“We are heartbroken at the death of our beloved author, Dame Hilary Mantel, and our thoughts are with her friends and family, especially her husband Gerald,” 4th Estate Books said in a statement.

Mantel won the Booker Prize for Wolf Hall (2009) and Raise the Bodies (2012) and is tipped to win again in 2020 with Mirror and Light, the third in the trilogy.

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The television adaptation of the first two books, starring Mark Rylance, Damian Lewis, Claire Foy and Jonathan Pryce, was nominated for both an Emmy and a Golden Globe.

Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon said on Twitter that “the importance of the literary legacy Hilary Mantel has left behind cannot be overstated”, describing the Wolf Hall trilogy as her “crowning achievement”.

Her publisher called Mantell “one of the greatest English novelists of this century”, whose works are considered “modern classics” and who will be “greatly missed”.

“Hilary had a unique way of looking at the world – she took it apart and showed how it works in both her contemporary and historical novels – each book an unforgettable interweaving of vivid sentences, unforgettable characters and wonderful insights.

Just last month, Mantel told him she was working on a new book, Pearson added.

Mantel published her first novel in 1985, Every Day is Mother’s Day, a darkly comic story about a mentally challenged girl and her monstrous mother who communicates with the undead.

This manuscript was written in the 1970s, but did not appear until 1992 as A Place of Greater Safety, set in the years before the French Revolution of 1789 and its bloody aftermath.

The writer was not shy about polemics.

In 2013, she drew criticism after she was quoted as describing Prince William’s wife Catherine, now Princess of Wales, as a “mannequin in a shop window” whose sole purpose was to reproduce.

She was also convicted in 2014 for her work The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher, a collection of 10 short stories, including one of the same title.

But Mantel responded by saying the story showed how easily events could have gone the other way.


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