The acclaimed author, who won the prestigious award for two books in his landmark “Wolf Hall” trilogy, died peacefully Thursday surrounded by close family and friends, according to his agent.
Mantle was born in 1952 in Derbyshire, England. After studying law for a year at the London School of Economics, she transferred to the University of Sheffield and graduated in 1973.
Hilary Mantle: I’ve had more ideas than I’ve had over the years.
She was film critic for the British cultural affairs magazine The Spectator from 1987 to 1991 and published her first novel, “Every Day is Mother’s Day”, in 1985.
But it wasn’t until the publication of his 10th novel, “Wolf Hall,” in 2009 that Mantle became a household name.
Set in Tudor England and centered on the life and times of statesman and chief minister to Henry VIII Thomas Cromwell, “Wolf Hall” won the 2009 Booker Prize.
The 2015 TV adaptations of “Wolf Hall” and “Bringing Up the Bodies,” starring Mark Rylance as Cromwell and Damian Lewis as Henry VIII, were nominated for eight primetime Emmys.
In 2020, eight years after the publication of “Bring Up the Bodies,” the highly anticipated final installment of the “Wolf Hall” trilogy, “The Mirror and the Light,” was published.