Sheffield graduate heads list of national honours

Sheffield University law graduate Dame Hilary Mantel.
Sheffield University law graduate Dame Hilary Mantel.
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Best-selling author and Sheffield University graduate Hilary Mantel heads the list of famous names honoured by the Queen.

The 61-year-old novelist, made a Dame for services to literature, said she saw the honour as ‘encouragement for the future’.

The two-time Booker Prize winner, who graduated in law from Sheffield University in 1973 before becoming a social worker, said: “It means a great deal to have my efforts recognised. I hope it will please the many people who have helped, guided and encouraged me over a writing career of some 30 years.”

Teenage cancer victim Stephen Sutton is made an MBE, shortly after losing his fight against the disease.

The 19-year-old, who accepted the honour before his death in mid-May, is joined in the latest round of honours by A-lister Angelina Jolie, who receives an honorary damehood for her work to fight sexual violence.

Stephen’s MBE is backdated to the date of his death, which touched millions and resulted in a huge boost in donations to the Teenage Cancer Trust.

His mum Jane said although he did not want recognition for his charity work, even he acknowledged that to be made an MBE was ‘awesome’.

Actress Dame Maggie Smith is made a Companion of Honour, while Oscar-winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis is knighted and Homeland star Damian Lewis is made an OBE.

Elsewhere, MBEs go to Torchwood star John Barrowman and singer songwriter Cerys Matthews.

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