Hilary Mantel has taken out the 2012 Booker Prize for her novel Bring up the Bodies. Mantel became the fastest dual Booker Prize winner in the history of the awards (and the only woman to have won twice), winning £50,000 ($78,000 AUD) at the black-tie ceremony.
Mantel, who was in shock of the win said, “Well, I don’t know, you wait 20 years for a Booker Prize and two come along at once.”
Bring up the Bodies is the sequel to Wolf Hall, in which Mantel won the Booker Prize for in 2009. Both are told through the eyes of Henry VIII’s adviser, Thomas Cromwell, who schemes to allow Henry to divorce his wife, Anne Boleyn, who ends up losing her head at the scaffold.
Currently in the process of writing the third instalment of the trilogy, Mantel says “I assure you I have no expectation that I will be standing here again.”
Earlier this year, For the Love of Books reviewed Bring up the Bodies. Check out the review here.