Acclaimed British writer Dame Hilary Mantel has died at the age of 70, her publisher said on Friday.
“It is with great sadness that AM Heath and HarperCollins announce that bestselling author Dame Hilary Mantel DBE passed away suddenly but peacefully yesterday at the age of 70 surrounded by close family and friends,” HarperCollins said in a statement.
“Hilary Mantel was one of the greatest English novelists of this century, and her beloved works are considered modern classics. She will be greatly missed.”
Mantel was best known for her sprawling Wolf Hall trilogy about the life of the 16th-century statesman Thomas Cromwell. She won the prestigious Booker Prize twice – for Wolf Hall and its continuation Bring the bodies up– which have been adapted for television and a hit West End show.
The last part of the series The mirror and the lightwas released in 2020 to great acclaim.
Before writing the trilogy that catapulted her to literary superstardom, Mantel published other popular novels, including epic historical fiction A place of greater security, which followed the central figures of the French Revolution. Her first novel, a black comedy based on her work in a geriatric hospital, Every day is Mother’s Dayappeared in 1985.
Nicholas Pearson, longtime editor of Mantel, described her death as “devastating”.
“Just last month I sat with her on a sunny afternoon in Devon as she excitedly talked about the new novel she had started,” he told the Associated Press. “It is unbearable that we will no longer be able to enjoy their words. What we have is a work that will be read for generations to come.”
Mantel’s illustrious writing career has earned her numerous honors, including being made a dame – the female equivalent of a knight – by Queen Elizabeth II in 2014.
In an article published in the financial times Earlier this month, Mantel was asked what she would have done differently. “Run from certain people who have proven to be ‘toxic,'” she replied. “I don’t have a built-in toximeter. Maybe it should be retrofitted.”
The author also affirmed that she believed in life after death. “I can’t imagine how it could work,” she said. “However, the universe is not limited by what I can imagine.”
https://www.thedailybeast.com/hilary-mantel-double-booker-prize-winner-and-author-of-wolf-hall-trilogy-dies-aged-70?source=articles&via=rss Hilary Mantel, winner of the Double Booker Prize and author of the Wolf Hall trilogy, has died at the age of 70