The last couple of days seem to be filled with news stories which lack any great surprise. Last night's Man Booker Award in London proved no exception with Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall winning the £50k literary prize. Mantel has pretty much been the out and out favourite since the final shortlist was announced back in July. The English historial novel genre is particularly popular when you consider the following in the UK stirred up by TV historical drama, The Tudors.
Wolf Hall is set in the 1520s and tells the story of Thomas Cromwell's rise to prominence in the Tudor court. Hilary Mantel has been praised by critics for writing ‘a rich, absorbingly readable historical novel; she has made a significant shift in the way any of her readers interested in English history will henceforward think about Thomas Cromwell.'
Hilary Mantel is already working on a sequel to Wolf Hall.