Hilary Mantel is the first woman and only Briton to win the Booker Prize twice.
Mantel won the 2009 Booker Prize for “Wolf Hall,” the first in a planned trilogy about Thomas Cromwell, a member of Henry VIII’s court. “Bring Up the Bodies” centers on Cromwell and his view of the Tudor court as then-queen Anne Boleyn faces her downfall.
“You wait 20 years for a Booker Prize [and] two come along at once,” Mantel said upon accepting the award Oct. 16 at the Guildhall building in London. The author received 50,000 pounds along with the honor.
“There will always be some kind of genre fiction, whether it's whips and chains or boy wizards, making its way to the top,” Mantel said in an interview with Reuters. “But what is important is there's a healthy appetite for what people off-puttingly call 'serious fiction.’”