Hilary Mantel, award-winning British author of Wolf Hall trilogy, dies aged 70

Dame Hilary Mantel, the best-selling British author of the award-winning Wolf Hall Tudor trilogy, passed away peacefully on Thursday at the age of 70, her publisher said.

Wolf Hall, published in 2009, and its sequel Bring Up the Bodies, released three years later, collectively sold more than 5 million copies worldwide and both won the Booker Prize, an unprecedented win for two books in the same trilogy.

The series finale, The Mirror & the Light, was released in March 2020.

“It is with great sadness that HarperCollins announces that bestselling author Dame Hilary Mantel DBE passed away peacefully yesterday surrounded by close family and friends,” said a statement on the website of her publishing company 4th Estate Books, which is owned by HarperCollins.

“Hilary Mantel will always be remembered as a truly original writer. She leaves behind a remarkable body of work that inspires readers around the world.”

‘One of the greatest novelists of our time’

The Wolf Hall trilogy, which has been serialized by the BBC, charted the fate of Thomas Cromwell, the blacksmith’s son who rose to become King Henry VIII’s most powerful advisor but fell from favor and met a horrific end .

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