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.