In the celebrated “Wolf Hall” trilogy of historical books, Hilary Mantel, the Booker Prize-winning author who transformed Tudor power politics into gripping fiction, has passed away, according to her publisher. She was 70. Following a stroke, Mantel passed away “suddenly yet quietly” on Thursday in the company of her loved ones, according to HarperCollins, her publisher. With “Wolf Hall” and its two sequels, Mantel is recognised with revitalising historical fiction. Thomas Cromwell, King Henry VIII’s right-hand man in the 16th century, stars as the charismatic antihero of a deadly, high-stakes political drama in Mantel’s works.
Mantel is “one of the greatest English authors of this century,” according to the publisher. “Her well-known compositions are regarded as contemporary masterpieces. Her absence will be felt deeply “In a statement, it was noted. We’ve lost a genius, tweeted author J.K. Rowling. It is “difficult to overestimate the significance of the literary legacy Hilary Mantel leaves behind,” according to Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. Wolf Hall in 2009 and its follow-up, “Bring Up the Bodies,” each earned Mantel the coveted Booker Prize for fiction twice. For both the stage and television, adaptations were made.
(source : AP)