Novelist Hilary Mantel wins 2012 Man Booker Prize
Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – Novelist Hilary Mantel wins this year’s Man Booker Prize for her book “Bringing Up the Bodies.”
The winner, chosen among 145 novels, was announced during the awards dinner at London’s Guidhall, broadcast live by the BBC Tuesday.
This is the second time that Mantel has won the Booker Prize. First was in 2009 for her “Wolf Hall.” According to the Man Booker Prize organization, Mantel is only the third author to ever win the prize twice, after Peter Carey and J.M. Coetzee.
In her acceptance speech, Mantel said, “I have to go away and write the third part of the trilogy.” Mantel received a prize check of 50,000 pounds.
Peter Clark, CEO of Man Booker Prize, said, “This double accolade is uniquely deserved. Hilary Mantel has rewritten the rules for historical fiction. In Bring up the Bodies, our greatest modern writer retells the origins of modern England.”
The Man Booker Prize, according to its website, “promotes the finest in fiction by rewarding the very best book of the year. The prize is the world’s most important literary award and has the power to transform the fortunes of authors and publishers.”