Hillary Mantel wins the Booker Prize

booker190Hillary Mantel’s novel sounds interesting enough, but historical fiction is pretty difficult to pull off.  I mean you’ve really got to be at the top of your game, otherwise my attention trails off.  But her novel focused on Thomas Cromwell could be good!

She won Britain’s most prestigious literary prize for her sprawling look at Henry VIII’s court in Wolf HallMantel, 57, beat such noted initialed authors as J.M. Coetzee and A.S. Byatt. 

For her efforts, she’ll take home about $80,000, the satisfaction of winning, and a nice sales bump from the publicity.  Not bad for a days work.

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