Hilary Mandel, author of the bestselling Wolf Hall trilogy and the first woman to win the Booker Prize twice, died on Friday at the age of 70, her publisher said. HarperCollins UK announced his passing in a tweet. The cause of her death is unknown.
“We are heartbroken at the death of our beloved author Dame Hilary Mandel and our thoughts are with her friends and family, especially her husband Gerald,” HarperCollins said in a statement.
“This is a devastating loss and we can only be grateful that he left us such a wonderful body of work,” it added.
We are heartbroken at the death of our beloved author Dame Hilary Mandel and our thoughts are with her friends and family, especially her husband Gerald. It is a devastating loss and we can only be grateful that he left us such a wonderful body of work. pic.twitter.com/VMXBMMatka
— HarperCollinsUK (@HarperCollinsUK) September 23, 2022
Born in Glossop, Derbyshire, England, on July 6, 1952, Mandel has won the prestigious Booker Prize twice: in 2009 for Wolf Hall, the first book in the Thomas Cromwell series, and for its sequel, Bring Up the Bodies, in 2012.
The conclusion of his trilogy, The Mirror and the Light, was released in 2020 and received much critical acclaim. It became a bestseller in fiction and was nominated for the 2020 Booker Prize.
To date, The Wolf Hall trilogy has been translated into 41 languages with over 5 million sales worldwide.
Everyone at the Booker Prizes is deeply saddened by the death of Hilary Mandel, a four-time Booker Prize nominee and winner in 2009 and 2012. Our deepest condolences to his family, friends and colleagues. A tweet.
Former 4th Estate publishing director Nicholas Pearson called the news of his death “devastating”.
“Hilary had a unique view of the world — picking it apart and how it works, which she expressed in her contemporary and historical novels — each book an unforgettable weave of sparkling sentences, unforgettable characters and remarkable insight. She has long been critically admired, But The Wolf Hall Trilogy found her a long-deserved wider readership,” Pearson said.
HarperCollins CEO Charlie Redmayne said Mandel was an “opinionated writer” who had “great empathy for his subjects”.
“A quintessential writer, Hilary is one of the greatest of her generation – a fierce, fearless novelist, with great empathy for her subjects. Who else could have brought to life the great cast of Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII and The Wolf Hall trilogy. With such insight, vulnerability and humanity but her?” “All of us will treasure Hilary’s company, her wisdom, her humor, and her incredible literary legacy – she will be read as long as people read,” said Redmayne.
(With inputs from PTI)