news published on January 30, 2013.
Already the Booker Prize Winner for 2012, Mantel’s Bring Up The Bodies was perhaps an inevitable winner.
The chair of judges, Dame Jenni Murray, said: “One book simply stood head and shoulders, more than head and shoulders … on stilts, above the rest. We had a really good discussion, like being at a high powered book club and I said, ‘okay, let’s have a vote on Bring up the Bodies’ and every hand went up.”
The other contenders were Francesca Segal’s first novel The Innocents; Kathleen Jamie’s poetry collection The Overhaul and Sally Gardner’s children’s book Maggot Moon.
Mantel takes home £30,000, and all five shortlisted writers received £5,000 each.
Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2012 and the Costa Novel of the Year 2012.
By 1535 Thomas Cromwell is Chief Minister to Henry VIII, his fortunes having risen with those of Anne Boleyn, the king’s new wife. But Anne has failed to give the king an heir, and Cromwell watches as Henry falls for plain Jane Seymour. Cromwell must find a solution that will satisfy Henry, safeguard the nation and secure his own career. But neither minister nor king will emerge unscathed from the bloody theatre of Anne’s final days.