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Hilary Mantel, author of ‘Wolf Hall’ saga, dead at 70

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the Booker Prize-winning author who turned Tudor power politics into page-turning fiction in the acclaimed “Wolf Hall” trilogy of historical novels, 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, right-hand man to King Henry VIII.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 installment, “The Mirror and the Light,” was published in 2020.Nicholas Pearson, Mantel’s longtime editor, said her death was “devastating.”“Only last month I sat with her on a sunny afternoon in Devon, while she talked excitedly about the new novel she had embarked on,” he said. “That we won’t have the pleasure of any more of her words is unbearable.

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