Hilary Mantel in Shortlist for the 2013 Women's Prize for Fiction

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University of Sheffield graduate Hilary Mantel is in the running for another award for her novel, ‘Bring Up the Bodies’- the second installment of her trilogy which charts the life of Thomas Cromwell. This novel also saw Hilary collecting the 2012 Man Booker Prize and the Costa Book of the Year. If successful in this competition, this novel could see her becoming the first writer to scoop all three of the UK’s top literary awards.

Previous winners of the 2013 Women’s Prize for Fiction have included Linda Grant, Ann Patchett and Marilynne Robinson. In an interview with the Guardian, this year’s chair of judges, actress Miranda Richardson called it an “incredibly strong, thrilling and diverse” shortlist. The list has been whittled down from 140 submissions to just 6 which include two former winners, Barbara Kingsolver and Zadie Smith. When questioned whether Hilary Mantel had won enough awards already Richardson stated, “Bring up the Bodies is a wonderful book and it deserves its place, you can’t ignore something which is of such great quality.”The overall winner will be announced at the Royal Festival Hall on 5 June.

Hilary graduated with a degree in Law from the University in 1973. She was also awarded the Honorary Doctorate of Letters degree from the University of Sheffield in 2005. She has already begun writing the third instalment of her series ‘The Mirror and the Light’ and the BBC has bought rights to her work for a six-hour adaptation of the first two books which is planned for late 2013.

The winner of the 2013 Women’s Prize for Fiction will be announced on Wednesday 5th June at the Royal Festival Hall. For more information about the award, please visit…www.womensprizeforfiction.co.uk.

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