Friday, October 16, 2009

Hilary Mantel Won the 41st annual man booker prize

Hilary mantel won the 41st annual man booker prize last week for wolf hall,a historical novel about henry V111's court centered on the king adviser,Thomas cromwell .In the run up to the cermony at the guidhall in london,Mantel 57,was the overhelming favorite,with bookmarkers william hill giving wolf hall odds of 10-11 ,the shortest odds ever for a nominee.

Mantel beat out literary lions j.m coetzee andA.s Byatt,both previous winners of the prize, and deprived Coetzee of the chance to become a three time winner of the award.She was the first favorite to win since Yann Martel won for life of Pi in 2002.Accepting the award mantel said,
"I had to intrest the historians,I had to amuse the jaded plate of the critical establishments and most of all i had to capture the imagination of the general reader."

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