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Hilary Mantel is the first woman and the first British author to win the Man Booker prize twice and the first author ever to win the Man Booker Prize and Costa Book Award in the same year. At 60, she is only the third double winner alongside J.M. Coetzee and Peter Carey. She is also the first person to win the prize for two novels in a trilogy, following her success in 2009 with Wolf Hall.

Hilary Mantel was born in northern Derbyshire in 1952. She was educated at a convent school in Cheshire and went on to the LSE and Sheffield University, where she studied law. After university she was briefly a social worker in a geriatric hospital, and much later used her experiences in her novels Every Day is Mother's Day and Vacant Possession. In 1977 she went to live in Botswana with her husband, then a geologist. In 1982 they moved on to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, where she would set her third novel, Eight Months on Ghazzah Street.

Her first novel was published in 1985, and she returned to the UK the following year. In 1987 she was awarded the Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize for travel writing, and became the film critic of the Spectator. Her fourth novel, Fludd, was awarded the Cheltenham Festival Prize, the Southern Arts Literature Prize, and the Winifred Holtby Prize. Her fifth novel, A Place of Greater Safety, won the Sunday Express Book of the Year Award.

A Change of Climate, published in 1993, is the story of an East Anglian family, former missionaries, torn apart by conflicts generated in Southern Africa in the early years of Apartheid. An Experiment in Love published in 1995, is a story about childhood and university life, set in London in 1970. It was awarded the Hawthornden Prize.

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Featured Books, with extracts, by Hilary Mantel

The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher by Hilary Mantel
The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher
Hilary Mantel
A brilliant - and rather transgressive - collection of short stories from the double Man Booker Prize-winning author of 'Wolf Hall' and 'Bring Up the Bodies'.
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/05/2015
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
Wolf Hall
Hilary Mantel
The greatest literary sensation of recent times - and now the inspiration for a major BBC series, starring Mark Rylance and Damian Lewis and directed by Peter Kosminsky.
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher by Hilary Mantel
The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher
Hilary Mantel
A brilliant - and rather transgressive - collection of short stories from the double Man Booker Prize-winning author of 'Wolf Hall' and 'Bring Up the Bodies'.
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/09/2014
Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
Bring Up the Bodies
Hilary Mantel
Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2013. Shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2013. With her dazzling, utterly absorbing style of writing Bring Up the Bodies focuses on the downfall and destruction of the charismatic Anne...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2013
Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
Bring Up the Bodies
Hilary Mantel
Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2013. Winner of the Costa Book of the Year 2012. With her dazzling, utterly absorbing style of writing Bring Up the Bodies focuses on the downfall and destruction of the charismatic Anne...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/05/2012
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
Wolf Hall
Hilary Mantel
February 2012 Guest Editor Joanna Trollope on Hilary Mantel... I loved her writing, long before the mega success of Wolf Hall. She wrote the best novel (bad title – A Place of Greater Safety) I ever read about the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/02/2010
Wolf Hall: Unabridged Audiobook by Hilary Mantel
Wolf Hall: Unabridged Audiobook
Hilary Mantel
This is an unabridged audiobook title. Winner of the inaugural Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction 2010. Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2009. The subject of Henry VIII will always provide a rich...
Format: CD-Audio - Released: 01/11/2009
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
Wolf Hall
Hilary Mantel
Winner of the inaugural Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction 2010. Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2009. Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2009. Costa Book Awards 2009 Judges' comment: "One of the outstanding books of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/04/2009
Beyond Black by Hilary Mantel
Beyond Black
Hilary Mantel
This review is provided by bookgroup.info.As the title suggests, this is very dark indeed. A middle-aged psychic medium is in crisis. Tormented by cruel spirits from the other side, her life becomes intolerable. As the book...
Format: Paperback (b Format) - Released: 03/10/2005
Beyond Black by Hilary Mantel
Beyond Black
Hilary Mantel
We are very sorry but we have yet to review this book ourselves. However, as it has been selected for the Man Booker 2005 long list, we wanted to give you the opportunity to download an extract and let you...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/05/2005

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