Jan 30, 2013
By Scott Walker
Yet another award for Hilary Mantel.
The Booker-prize winning author has been given Britain’s Costa Book Award for her novel, Bring Up the Bodies.
The Costa award is given to writers in Britain and Ireland. It’s judged on both literary merit and “read-ability.”
Bring Up the Bodies is the second edition in a trilogy on Henry VIII’s adviser Thomas Cromwell. Both it and the first volume, Wolf Hall, have won the Booker and many other awards.
Critics say Mantel’s novel has won more than enough awards. But she refuses to apologize. Mantel says “astonishment is becoming my default position.” She adds that she thinks her success is encouraging more people to read historical fiction, and that’s good for everybody.