British star writer Hilary Mantel has died – aged 70.
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– It is with great sadness that AM Heath and HarperCollins can announce that best-selling author Dame Hilary Mantel DBE died suddenly but peacefully yesterday, reads an announcement, according to The Telegraph.
Mantel died surrounded by close family and friends.
– Hilary Mantel was one of this century’s greatest British writers. Her much-loved works are considered modern classics. She will be deeply missed, says the press release.
The cause of death has not been given.
The publisher 4th Estate Books writes on Twitter that they are “devastated by the passing of a beloved author” and that it is a “terrible loss”:
The star author had his international breakthrough with the novel “Wolf Hall (Ullvetid)” in 2009.
Mantel has had enormous artistic and commercial success with his novels about the Tudor period seen from the perspective of Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII’s chief adviser and minister. She has garnered massive praise and sold millions of books. Many have been recreated on the theater stage and in TV productions.
She has received the prestigious Booker Prize twice and garnered a number of other awards.
Not least, in 2006 the author was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) and in 2014 a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).
Mantel is survived by her husband, Gerald McEwen. She has been open that she wanted to start a family, but that the disease endometriosis put an end to that.
VG has given several of Mantel’s books a try – see a selection below: