UK & World News

  • 29 January 2013, 21:43

Costa Book Award: Hilary Mantel Celebrates Win

Hilary Mantel has won another award for Bring Up The Bodies - the second instalment of her Thomas Cromwell trilogy.

The title won the Costa Book Award, having previously won the 2012 Man Booker Prize.

Bring Up The Bodies was up against comic-style graphic memoir Dotter Of Her Father's Eyes by husband and wife team Mary and Bryan Talbot, and children's book Maggot Moon by dyslexic writer Sally Gardner.

The shortlist was completed by poet Kathleen Jamie's collection The Overhaul and Francesca Segal's first novel The Innocents.

All five shortlisted writers receive 5,000 each, with overall winner Mantel picking up a main prize of 30,000.

Accepting her prize, Mantel, 60, said she was "not going to apologise" for winning another one.

She said: "I'm not sorry, I'm happy and I shall make it my business to try to write more books that will be worth more prizes."

The nine-strong judging panel included actress Jenny Agutter, author Wendy Holden and comedian Mark Watson.

They considered the fact that Mantel had already won the Booker, but ultimately disregarded it.

A spokesman for bookseller Waterstones said the win underlined Mantel's "staggering success".

He said: "Don't imagine that the market is sated for Mantel's books - this win will inspire many, many more readers to discover the wonderful writing in her rich backlist."

Mantel has received critical and commercial acclaim for her books about Henry VIII's minister Thomas Cromwell.

Wolf Hall, the first in the series, was published in 2009 and won that year's Man Booker Prize.

Advertisement