Hilary Mantel won the Man Booker Prize Tuesday night, becoming the first British writer and the first woman to win Britain’s most prestigious literary award more than once.
Mantel took home the 50,000 pound ($82,000) prize for “Bring Up the Bodies,” the second volume of her planned trilogy about Thomas Cromwell and Henry VIII. Her first volume, “Wolf Hall,” won the Booker in 2009 and was a bestseller in the United States.
I haven't read either book in Mantel's trilogy, but Wolf Hall is sitting in the stack of books I will take with me the next time I get a goddamned vacation. This award for part two is another incentive to dig in.