In the Wolf Hall trilogy, one of our greatest writers found a story as big as her talent. BY LAURA MILLER
Long before she became a bestselling novelist writing about Thomas Cromwell, Hilary Mantel, who died Thursday at the age of 70
Mantel died "suddenly yet peacefully" on Thursday while surrounded by close family and friends, publisher HarperCollins said.
Hilary Mantel Says Now-Complete Trilogy Was 'The Central Project Of My Life'
Mantel is credited with reenergizing historical fiction with Wolf Hall and two 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."
Mantel won the prestigious Booker Prize twice, for Wolf Hall in 2009 and its sequel Bring Up the Bodies in 2012. Both were adapted for the stage and television
The trilogy's final installment, The Mirror and the Light, was published in 2020.
'The Mirror & The Light' Is A Triumphant End To A Spellbinding Story Nicholas Pearson, Mantel's longtime editor, said her death was "devastating."
Before Wolf Hall, Mantel was the critically acclaimed but modestly selling author of novels on subjects ranging from the French Revolution to the life of a psychic medium .