Hilary Mantel, the Booker Prize-winning author of the acclaimed Wolf Hall saga, has died. She was 70.
Mantel died “suddenly yet peacefully” surrounded by close family and friends, publisher HarperCollins said Friday.
Mantel is credited with reenergizing historical fiction with Wolf Hall and two sequels about the 16th-century English powerbroker Thomas Cromwell.
We are heartbroken at the death of our beloved author, Dame Hilary Mantel, and our thoughts are with her friends and family, especially her husband, Gerald. This is a devastating loss and we can only be grateful she left us with such a magnificent body of work. pic.twitter.com/d8bzkBBXuH
— 4th Estate Books (@4thEstateBooks) September 23, 2022
The publisher said Mantel was “one of the greatest English novelists of this century.”
“Her beloved works are considered modern classics. She will be greatly missed,” it said in a statement.
Mantel won the Booker Prize twice, for Wolf Hall in 2009 and its sequel Bring Up the Bodies in 2012. Both were adapted for the stage and television.
The final instalment, The Mirror and the Light, was published in 2020.