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Hilary Mantel


(Hilary Mary Mantel)
UK flag (1952 - )

Hilary Mary Mantel CBE, née Thompson, is an English novelist, short story writer and critic. Her work, ranging in subject from personal memoir to historical fiction, has been short-listed for major literary awards. In 2009, she won the Man Booker Prize for her novel Wolf Hall.
 
Series
Thomas Cromwell Trilogy
1. Wolf Hall (2009)
2. Bring up the Bodies (2012)
Wolf Hall / Bring Up The Bodies (omnibus) (2012)
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Non fiction
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Awards
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (2005) : Beyond Black
Costa Book Awards Best Novel nominee (2009) : Wolf Hall
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel winner (2009) : Wolf Hall
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (2010) : Wolf Hall
Costa Book Awards Best Novel winner (2012) : Bring up the Bodies
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel winner (2012) : Bring up the Bodies
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (2013) : Bring up the Bodies


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Trespass (1998)
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Hoi Polloi (1999)
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The Curewife (2003)
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Cheating at Canasta (2007)
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Blackmoor (2008)
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Glister (2008)
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Touching Distance (2008)
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Saving Rafael (2009)
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Savage Lands (2010)
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Pictures of Lily (2010)
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The Champion (2011)
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Obedience (2011)
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The Quick (2014)
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