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Wolf Hall author Dame Hilary Mantel dies 'suddenly' aged 70

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Wolf Hall writer Dame Hilary Mantel has died aged 70. Publisher HarperCollins said the author died 'suddenly yet peacefully' surrounded by close family and friends.

Paying tribute, they described her as 'one of the greatest English novelists of this century'. Their statement went on: "Her beloved works are considered modern classics.

She will be greatly missed." READ MORE: RuPaul's Drag Race UK star Cherry Valentine dies aged 28 Dame Hilary is best known for her epic The Wolf Hall Trilogy of which Diarmaid MacCulloch, Oxford theology professor and biographer of Thomas Cromwell said: "Hilary has reset the historical patterns through the way in which she’s reimagined the man." She won the Man Booker Prize twice, for Wolf Hall and its sequel, Bring Up the Bodies, which also won the 2012 Costa Book of the Year.

The Mirror and the Light, was published in 2020 to huge critical acclaim, an instant number one fiction best-seller and longlisted for The Booker Prize 2020 and winner of the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction, which she first won for Wolf Hall.

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