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“Wolf Hall” author Hilary Mantel has died at the age of 70

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“We are heartbroken at the passing of our beloved author, Dame Hilary Mantel, and our thoughts are with her friends and family, especially her husband Gerald,” publisher 4th Estate Books said. tweeted Friday.

23 September (News) — Historical novelist Hilary Mantel has died at the age of 70.

“It is a devastating loss and we can only be grateful that she left us such a great body of work.”

Mantel is the only author to have won the Booker Prize twice Wolf Hall and Bring up the bodies.

They have been adapted as a popular BBC series, Wolf HallStarring Mark Rylance, Damian Lewis and Claire Foy.

Her other work includes The Mirror & The Light, Every Day is Mother’s Day, Vacant Possession, Eight Months on Ghazzah Street, Fludd, A Place of Greater Safety, A Change of Climate, An Experiment in Love, The Giant, O’Brien, Beyond Black, Learning speak and The assassination of Margaret Thatcher.

“It has been the greatest privilege to work with her throughout her career and to see all of the elements that made her unique come together in spectacular fashion in The Wolf Hall Trilogy,” said Mantel’s literacy agent Bill Hamilton in a statement.

“Her wit, stylistic daring, creative ambition, and phenomenal historical insight mark her as one of the greatest novelists of our time. She will be remembered for her tremendous generosity to other budding writers, her ability to electrify a live audience, and the huge range of her journalism and criticism, producing some of the finest commentary on subjects and books,” Hamilton added.

“Emails from Hilary were peppered with quips and jokes as she gleefully watched the world and indulged in the lazy or absurd and nailed-down atrocities and prejudices. She always had a slight aura of otherworldliness about her as she saw and felt things we mortals were ordinarily missing, but recognizing the need for confrontation she went into battle fearlessly. And all against the background of chronic health problems, which she dealt with so stoically. We will miss her immensely, but she leaves an extraordinary legacy as a beacon for writers and readers.”

She is survived by her husband Gerald McEwen.

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