Hilary Mantel Profile and Books

Hilary Mary Mantel was born in 1952 in Derbyshire in England. Her parents were of Irish descent and she attended Catholic schools. This shaped much of her life and thinking even though she did not remain a practising Catholic. She read law at the London School of Economics and the University of Sheffield.

Mantel worked as a social worker in a geriatric hospital and as a shop assistant before marrying geologist Gerald McEwan in 1972. It was at this stage that she began to write. She spent many years in Botswana and Saudi Arabia with her husband before they returned to England – this added much to the experiences about which she writes.

Her writing crosses a range of subjects from personal memoir and clashes of culture to historical fiction. Mantel has won the Man Booker prize twice with her novels about Thomas Cromwell – Wolf Hall (2009) and Bring Up the Bodies (2012). A third book in this trilogy – The Mirror and the Light is currently being written.

Works by Hilary Mantel:

Novels

  • The Mirror and the Light (due 2015)
  • Beyond Black (2005)
  • The Giant, O’Brien (1998)
  • An Experiment in Love (1995)
  • A Change of Climate (1994)
  • A Place of Greater Safety (1992)
  • Fludd (1989)
  • Eight Months on Ghazzah Street (1988)
  • Vacant Possession (1986)
  • Every Day is Mother’s Day (1985)

Short Stories

  • The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher (collection of short stories) (2014)
  • Learning to Talk (2003)

Memoir

  • Giving Up the Ghost (2003)

 

Awards:

  • 2013 David Cohen Prize
  • 2012 Costa Book Awards (Book of the Year) for Bring Up the Bodies
  • 2012 Costa Book Awards (Novel) for Bring Up the Bodies
  • 2012 Specsavers National Book Awards “UK Author of the Year” for Bring Up the Bodies
  • 2012 Man Booker Prize for Bring Up the Bodies
  • 2010 Specsavers National Book Awards “UK Author of the Year” for Wolf Hall
  • 2010 Walter Scott Prize for Wolf Hall
  • 2010 Orange Prize for Fiction shortlisted for Wolf Hall
  • 2009 National Book Critics Circle Award for Wolf Hall
  • 2009 Man Booker Prize for Wolf Hall
  • 2006 Orange Prize for Fiction shortlisted for Beyond Black
  • 2006 CBE at the 2006 Birthday Honours
  • 2006 Commonwealth Writers Prize (Eurasia Region, Best Book), shortlisted for Beyond Black
  • 2003 MIND Book of the Year for Giving Up the Ghost (A Memoir)
  • 1996 Hawthornden Prize for An Experiment in Love
  • 1992 Sunday Express Book of the Year for A Place of Greater Safety
  • 1990 Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize for Fludd
  • 1990 Cheltenham Prize for Fludd
  • 1990 Southern Arts Literature Prize for Fludd
  • 1987 Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize

 

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