British author Hilary Mantle is best known for it. Wolf Hall trilogy, died at the age of 70.
British newspaper The Telegraph reported that she died “suddenly yet peacefully”.
“Best-selling author Dame Hilary Mantle DBE died suddenly and peacefully yesterday, surrounded by close family and friends, aged 70,” publishing giant HarperCollins said. He added: “Hilary Mantle was one of the great English novelists of the century and her beloved works are considered modern classics. She will be greatly missed.” DBE stands for “Damehood of the Order of the British Empire”.
Mantle made a name for himself with historical fiction, short stories and memoirs. his Wolf Hall Trinity is a fictional account of Thomas Cromwell’s rise to power as Prime Minister at the court of King Henry VIII.
Mantle has won the Booker Prize twice, first for the novel in 2009 Wolf Hallfollowed by his 2012 novel Pick up the bodies, the second installment of the trilogy. Mantle became the first woman and the fourth person to receive the award twice. Others are JM Coetzee, Peter Carey and JG Farrell.
In 2020, Mantle published the third novel in the series, Mirror and lightwhich was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. The trilogy has been translated into 41 languages with over 5 million sales worldwide. The books have been adapted for the stage and for the BBC into a six-part series starring Mark Rylance and Damian Lewis, which aired on PBS in the US.
In 2013, the novelist made headlines when he called Kate Middleton a “joint doll with some rags hanging on it” whose main purpose is believed to be to land an heir to the throne.
Mantle was born on 6 July 1952 in Glossop, England and studied law at the London School of Economics and the University of Sheffield. She worked as a social worker and spent five years in Botswana and then four years in Saudi Arabia. Mantle returned to the UK in the mid-1980s.