Market Desk (online): Hilary Mantel, the Booker Prize-winning author of the acclaimed Wolf Hall saga of historical novels, has died at 70.
Mantel died “suddenly yet peacefully” surrounded by close family and friends, publisher HarperCollins said Friday.
Mantel is credited with re-energizing historical fiction with Wolf Hall and 2 sequels about the 16th century English powerbroker Thomas Cromwell, right-hand man to King Henry VIII.
The publisher said Mantel was “one of the greatest English novelists of this century.”
“Her beloved works are considered modern classics. She will be greatly missed,” it said in a statement.
Hilary Mantle is the first British woman writer to win the Booker twice. She won the award for the first time in 2009 for his first novel, Wolf Hall.
She won the Booker award again in 2012 for the next part of that book, “Bring Up Bodies”.