Sheffield graduate scoops a literary double first

File photo dated 16/10/2012 of Hilary Mantel, who said she was left "weak at the knees" after becoming the first British writer to win the Man Booker Prize for Fiction twice after her novel Bring up the Bodies was named the best book of the year. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday October 17, 2012. The 60-year-old writer, who won in 2009 for the first part of her historical trilogy, Wolf Hall, said she had been caught by surprise when she was named the winner at a ceremony in central London. See PA story ARTS Booker. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
File photo dated 16/10/2012 of Hilary Mantel, who said she was left "weak at the knees" after becoming the first British writer to win the Man Booker Prize for Fiction twice after her novel Bring up the Bodies was named the best book of the year. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday October 17, 2012. The 60-year-old writer, who won in 2009 for the first part of her historical trilogy, Wolf Hall, said she had been caught by surprise when she was named the winner at a ceremony in central London. See PA story ARTS Booker. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
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UNIVERSITY of Sheffield graduate Hilary Mantel has made literary history by becoming the first woman and the first British writer to win the prestigious Man Booker award twice.

Bring Up the Bodies, the second instalment of her trilogy charting the life of Thomas Cromwell, was also the first sequel to triumph in the prize’s 43-year history.

The first instalment, Wolf Hall, won three years ago.

Professor Keith Burnett, Vice-Chancellor of The University of Sheffield, said: “We are proud and delighted that Hilary Mantel has been awarded this wonderful honour. Her achievement as a novelist who draws on history and re-imagines it with such power is truly outstanding.

“The talent and seriousness of this work is what moved the judges of the prize and what continues to impress readers, as we hear voices from the past given new vibrancy through Hilary’s imaginative power.”

Mantel graduated with a degree in law from the university in 1973 and was awarded a doctorate in 2005.