Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Writer Gets Prize For Writing Good

Hilary Mantel's Bring Up The Bodies won the Booker Prize last night. It's the sequel to Wolf Hall, which also won the Booker Prize, so clearly both books are pretty good. Kidding! Awards mean nothing. Both books are in fact quite excellent, and it's been pretty obvious that Mantel is one of our Greatest Living Writers for years now. If you're intimidated by the heft of the Thomas More books (you shouldn't be; they really do carry you along) start with The Giant, O'Brien. But if you've never read her, do start, she's terrific.

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hershmire (#233,671)

Prizes mean nothing, unless, of course, they come with a £50,000 ($80,000) cash prize, like the Man Booker Prize.

Also, the Guardian has an neat series of charts on the skewed demographics of MBP winners.

hershmire (#233,671)

@hershmire Damn, the system always strips out my html links.

LondonLee (#922)

Finished Bodies a few weeks ago and it is indeed excellent, my only problem with it was I couldn't decide if it was better than Wolf Hall or not.

Though I'm glad she clarified the fact that "He" always referred to Cromwell by making it "He, Cromwell" this time.

KenWheaton (#401)

@LondonLee Yes. For much of Wolf Hall, I found myself screaming ANTECEDENT! In the second book, I found myself wondering, "Did she do this as a response to criticism or did editors force her to do it?" And by she, I mean Mantel.

LondonLee (#922)

I still find it very effective though, it keeps Cromwell at a distance even though we're seeing things through his eyes.

The New Yorker just ran an extended profile of Mantel, and I do love me a good New Yorker profile. I believe it's accessible even to nonsubscribers :

After she finishes the third volume of her Cromwell trilogy, Mantel apparently wants to write a book about Stanisława Przybyszewska, which SERIOUSLY YES PLEASE IMMEDIATELY.

adullardspeaks (#238,728)

She was one of my favorite writers, but for some reason I found Wolf Hall dull. Maybe because there's been so much written about that period?

Writer gets WRITING prize for writing good

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