Hilary Mantel has won the 2012 Man Booker Prize. The winning book, Bring up the Bodies, is the sequel to Wolf Hall, which also won the Booker prize in 2009. This makes Mantel the third author to win the prize more than once, and the very first to do so with a sequel.
Bring up the Bodies tells the tale of the fall of Anne Boleyn through the eyes of Thomas Cromwell, King Henry VIII’s chief minister. It is a story of power, manipulation and betrayal which has been almost universally praised by critics.
Guardian review by Margaret Atwood: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/may/04/bring-up-the-bodies-hilary-mantel-review
Telegraph review by Bettany Hughes: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/9287648/Bring-Up-the-Bodies-by-Hilary-Mantel-review-for-Man-Booker-Prize-2012.html
New York Times review by Charles McGrath: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/27/books/review/bring-up-the-bodies-by-hilary-mantel.html
The library holds all of the titles on the shortlist, which are all shelved on the 1st floor in our 21st century literature section (E823).
- Deborah Levy, Swimming Home – E823 LEV(SWI)
- Hilary Mantel, Bring up the Bodies – E823 MAN(BRI)
- Alison Moore, The Lighthouse – E823 MOO(LIG)
- Will Self, Umbrella – E823 SEL(UMB)
- Jeet Thayil, Narcopolis – E823 THA(NAR)
- Tan Twan Eng, The Garden of Evening Mists – E823 TAN(GAR)
Which is your favourite?