Man Booker Prize Winner Announced

October 7, 2009

Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall has won the 2009 Man Booker Prize as predicted by the bookmakers. Mantel beat out other better-known authors (and previous winners) such as A.S. Byatt and J.M. Coetzee.  Wolf Hall is scheduled to be released in the US next Tuesday (October 13th). Mantel will take home a cash prize of just over $79,000 and the satisfaction of greater international sales of her book due to the prestige of the Prize.

The book’s description: “England in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years, and marry Anne Boleyn. The pope and most of Europe opposes him. The quest for the king’s freedom destroys his adviser, the brilliant Cardinal Wolsey, and leaves a power vacuum. Into this impasse steps Thomas Cromwell. Cromwell is a wholly original man, a charmer and a bully, both idealist and opportunist, astute in reading people and a demon of energy: he is also a consummate politician, hardened by his personal losses, implacable in his ambition. But Henry is volatile: one day tender, one day murderous. Cromwell helps him break the opposition, but what will be the price of his triumph?”

See our post from September 10th for a rundown on the other shortlisted books.