Hilary Mantel, Double Booker Prize winner and author of the Wolf Hall trilogy, dies at 70

The publisher of the famous British novelist Dame Hilary Mantel has announced that she is 70 years old.

“It is with great sadness that AM Heath and HarperCollins announce that best-selling author Dame Hilary Mantell DBE died suddenly and peacefully yesterday, surrounded by family and close friends, at the age of 70,” HarperCollins said in a statement.

Hilary Mantell was one of the greatest English novelists of the century and her beloved works are considered modern classics. We will miss her very much.”

Mantel is best known for the sprawling Wolf Hall trilogy about the life of 16th-century statesman Thomas Cromwell. Twice won the prestigious Booker Prize wolf hole its complement, fetch the bodies—Adapted for television and a successful West End show.

The last installment in the series, mirror and lightwas widely published in 2020.

Before writing the trilogy that propelled her to literary stardom, Mantell released other popular novels including epic historical fiction A place for more safety, which followed the central figures of the French Revolution. Her first novel is a black comedy inspired by her experience working in a geriatric hospital, Every day is Mother’s Daywas published in 1985.

Nicholas Pearson, Mantel’s longtime editor, called her death “devastating.”

“Just last month I sat with her on a sunny afternoon in Devon, while she was talking excitedly about the new novel she was setting out to write,” he told The Associated Press. “It is unbearable for us not to enjoy any of her words. What we have is a body of work that will be read for generations.”

Mantel was awarded the Commander of the British Empire (CBE) Award by Queen Elizabeth II in 2006.

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Mantell’s illustrious career as a writer has seen her awarded numerous accolades, including being awarded a Dame – the equivalent of a female knight – by Queen Elizabeth II in 2014.

In an article published in financial times Earlier this month, Mantell was asked what she would have done differently. She replied, “Run some people who turn out to be ‘toxic.” I don’t have an inbuilt poison scale. Perhaps it should be modified. “

The writer also confirmed that she believes in the afterlife. “I can’t imagine how it would work,” she said. “However, the universe is not limited by what I can imagine.”

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