Dame Hilary Mantle has died “suddenly yet peacefully” aged 70.
A statement released by publishers HarperCollins said: “It is with great sadness that AM Heath and HarperCollins announce the sudden d*ath yesterday of best-selling author Dame Hilary Mantle DBE. Passed away peacefully, surrounded by close family.
And friends, who are 70 years old.
“Hilary Mantle was one of the greatest English novelists of the century and her beloved works are considered modern classics. She will be greatly missed.”
She was best known for her epic The Wolf Hall Trilogy, of which Oxford theology professor and Thomas Cromwell biographer Diarmed McCulloch said: “Hilary rearranges historical patterns in the way that she What a reimagining of man.”
He won the Man Booker Prize twice for Wolf Hall and its sequel Bring Up the Bodies, which also won the 2012 Costa Book of the Year.
The conclusion of his groundbreaking The Wolf Hall Trilogy, The Mirror & the Light, was published in 2020 to great critical acclaim, an instant number one fiction bestseller and longlisted for The Booker Prize 2020 and the Walter Scott is the winner of the prize. Historical fiction, the first time he won for Wolfhall.
To date The Wolf Hall Trilogy has been translated into 41 languages with over 5 million sold worldwide.
Hilary Mantle was born on 6 July 1952 in Glossop, Derbyshire, England.
He studied law at the London School of Economics and Sheffield University.
She was employed as a social worker, and lived in Botswana for five years, followed by four years in Saudi Arabia, before
Returning to the UK in the mid-1980s.
Mantle married geologist Gerald McEwen on September 23, 1972.
Hilary Mantle’s Famous Books
She is the author of seventeen popular books including:
- Every day is mother’s day.
- Vacant possession
- Eight months on Gaza Street
- Flood, winner of the Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize, the Cheltenham Prize and the Southern Arts Literature Prize
- A Place of Greater Safety, winner of the Sunday Express Book of the Year Award
- Climate change
- An Experiment in Love, winner of the 1996 Hawthornden Prize
- The Giant, O’Brien,
- Beyond Black, shortlisted for the 2006 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the 2006 Orange Prize for Fiction
- Learning to talk
- The assassination of Margaret Thatcher
Her non-fiction work includes the memoir Giving Up the Ghost – her London Review of Books, Mental Pieces and recently The Wolf Hall Picture Book – photography between Hilary Mantle, Ben Miles and George Miles Cooperation of
In 1990 she was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, awarded a CBE in 2006 and appointed a DBE in 2014.
Dame Hilary was patron of Scene & Heard, a theater mentoring project, governor of the RSC and president of the Budleigh Festival.
Tribute to Dame Hilary Mantle
Bill Hamilton, her agent at AM Heath, said: “I first met Hilary in 1984 when she sent me the draft of Every Day Is Mother’s Day.
“It has been a great honor to work with him throughout his career, and to see him brilliantly bring together in The Wolf Hall Trilogy all the elements that made him unique. He is one of the great novelists of our time. are
He will be remembered for his immense generosity to other emerging writers, his ability to mobilize a live audience, and his wide array of journalism and criticism, which offered excellent commentary on issues and books.
“Hillary’s e-mails were sprinkled with bon mots and jokes as she looked at the world with taste and nailed down the dull or the ridiculous and the cruelty and bigotry.
“He always had a slight otherworldly aura about him, as he saw and felt things that us mere mortals missed, but when he felt the need to confront, he fearlessly charged into battle. Will get off.
“And all this against the backdrop of chronic health problems, which he dealt with so tenaciously.
“We will miss her dearly, but she leaves an extraordinary legacy as a shining light to writers and readers. Our thoughts go out to her beloved husband Gerald, family and friends.”
Nicholas Pearson, former Fourth Estate publishing director and Hillary’s long-term editor, said: “The news of Hillary’s d*ath is devastating for her friends and everyone who worked with her.
“Hilary had a unique view of the world – she took it apart and revealed how it worked in both her contemporary and historical novels – each book a collection of brilliant sentences, unforgettable characters and remarkable insights. Unforgettable.
“She knew everything. She was critically acclaimed for a long time, but The Wolf Hall Trilogy found her the wide readership she had long deserved.
“Read his late books, but also his early books, which are similarly daring and take the reader to strange places.
“As a person Hilary was kind and generous and loving, always a great champion of other writers. She was a joy to work with.
“Just last month I sat with him on a sunny afternoon in Devon, while he talked enthusiastically about his new novel.
“That we will not be delighted by more of his words is intolerable. We have a body of work that will be read for generations.
“We should be grateful for her. I will miss her and my thoughts are with her husband Gerald.”
Charlie Redmayne, CEO of HarperCollins, said: “This is terrible, tragic news and our hearts go out to Hilary’s family and friends, especially her devoted husband Gerald.
“We are very proud that Fourth Estate and HarperCollins were Hillary’s publishers, and for such an unparalleled body of work. Primarily a writer, Hillary was one of the greatest figures of her generation. . . .
“Who else could have brought Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII and the large cast of The Wolf Hall Trilogy to life like this?
Insight, weakness and humanity but it?
“We will all miss Hilary’s company, her wisdom, her humor, and her incredible literary legacy – as long as people are reading, it will be read.”
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