Hilary Mantel won the Man Booker Prize on Tuesday night, becoming the first British writer and the first woman to win Britain’s most prestigious literary award more than once.
Mantel took home the 50,000-pound (about $82,000) prize for “Bring Up the Bodies,” the second volume of her planned trilogy about Thomas Cromwell and Henry VIII. Her first volume, “Wolf Hall,” won the Booker in 2009 and was a bestseller in the United States.
Oddsmakers in Britain, who follow the literary prize intensely, had predicted Mantel would win and placed journalist Will Self as a close second. His novel “Umbrella,” about an elderly woman in a psychiatric hospital, will be published in the United States in January by Grove.
At the ceremony at London’s medieval Guildhall on Tuesday, Mantel walked to the podium to accept her award and said: “You wait 20 years for a Booker Prize. Two come along at once.”