I’m delighted that Hilary Mantel has won a second Booker – the first woman ever to do so – for her novel ‘Bring up the bodies’. I haven’t read it yet, but I surely shall. It is the sequel to ‘Wolf Hall’, which won the Booker before. I’ve read that one and think it’s amazing. Her ability to get behind the eyes of Henry VIII’s minister Cromwell is powerful, strange and uncanny, and her ability to make the language sound authentic is very rare in historical novels.
I had to dump loads of books before moving here, but Wolf Hall I kept, as I knew I would go back to it.
Congratulations to her indeed – and I’m wondering which of my current books I shall take to the charity shop to make room for Bring up the Bodies 😉