The winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2009 was announced yesterday evening: Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel. The judges were not unanimous and, according to The Times, Mantel won in a secret ballot by three votes to two. But we are not told what the other book was.
In The Independent Mantel explained that her book was a study of power, told through the biography of Thomas Cromwell, the son of a blacksmith who rises to wield immense power in King Henry VIII’s court and finally becomes the architect of the Reformation. “The exercise of power, the business of obtaining power, how it is won and lost … we are still living in a Machievellian world,” she said.
According to The Guardian, Mantel has started work on the sequel to Wolf Hall, which will be titled The Mirror And The Light. “What I have got at the moment is a huge box of notes,” she added.
The Library is in the process of acqiuring all six Man Booker shortlisted novels, as it has done for previous years.