The English author Hilary Mantel has died this Friday at the age of 70. Her trilogy on Thomas Cromwell (over 2,000 pages of historical fiction about the reign of Henry VIII and the man who kept him in power) catapulted her to fame and made her the queen of the contemporary historical novel. She is the only woman to win the Booker Prize for best novel of the year in the English language twice, in 2009 for In the court of the wolf and in 2012 by a Queen on stage, both published in Spanish by Destino. “We are devastated by the death of our beloved author Hilary Mantel. We can only be grateful for the magnificent work that she leaves us, ”her editor has assured in a statement. thunder in the kingdompublished in 2020, was an excellent closing of the trilogy that earned him so much recognition, an epic of Cromwell’s last years, a book that, like the previous ones, combines historical rigor with the rhythm of thriller.
“Winning so many awards and selling so many books has changed my life, albeit with opposite effects. On the one hand, my work supports me, I don’t need supplemental income of any kind. And that helps. On the other hand, promotion and attention to the media has become a more important part of my life. But whatever happens, my inner mechanism is determined by the mission itself. I always go for the next sentence and I am absorbed by what I am creating day by day”, she acknowledged in an interview in EL PAÍS in 2020.
We are heartbroken at the death of our beloved author, Dame Hilary Mantel, and our thoughts are with her friends and family, especially her husband, Gerald. This is a devastating loss and we can only be grateful she left us with such a magnificent body of work. pic.twitter.com/d8bzkBBXuH
— 4th Estate Books (@4thEstateBooks) September 23, 2022
Mantel not only cultivated the long-running historical novel. She also made an impact with the storybook The assassination of Margaret Thatcher (Destiny, 2015) in which, among other stories, includes a recreation of an attack against the prime minister, just over 30 pages that took nearly 30 years.