Hilary Mantel wins Man Booker Prize, high fives for feminism
In a historic moment, writer Hilary Mantel was named the recipient of the Man Booker Prize for 2012 for her novel Bring Up the Bodies. What makes this win so indelible is not the book itself -- though Bring Up the Bodies is obviously worth reading -- but by the fact that Mantel has now become the only woman in the history of the prize to win twice.
Mantel first won the Booker Prize in 2009 for her book Wolf Hall, part of a mapped trilogy about the rise of Thomas Cromwell in the court of King Henry VIII. Bring Up the Bodies is the second entry in the series.
On her win, Mantel stated, "There will always be some kind of genre fiction, whether it's whips and chains or boy wizards, making its way to the top. [...] But what is important is there's a healthy appetite for what people off-puttingly call 'serious fiction.'"
Three cheers to Mantel and making history with historical fiction!
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