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Hilary Mantel was born in Glossop, Derbyshire, England on July 6, 1952. She studied law at the London School of Economics and Sheffield University. She worked as a social worker in Botswana for five years, followed by four years in Saudi Arabia. She returned to Britain in the mid-1980s. In 1987 she was awarded the Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize for an article about Jeddah. She worked as a film critic for The Spectator from 1987 to 1991. She has written numerous books including Eight Months on Ghazzah Street, A Place of Greater Safety, A Change of Climate, The Giant, O'Brien, Giving up the Ghost: A Memoir, and Beyond Black. She has won several awards for her work including the Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize, the Cheltenham Prize and the Southern Arts Literature Prize for Fludd; the 1996 Hawthornden Prize for An Experiment in Love, the 2009 Man Booker Prize for Wolf Hall, and the 2012 Man Booker Prize for Bring up the Bodies. She made The New York Times Best Seller List with her title The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher. (Bowker Author Biography)
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The Mirror & the Light 2,030 copies, 86 reviews
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Fludd 820 copies, 28 reviews
Giving Up the Ghost: A Memoir 615 copies, 22 reviews
An Experiment in Love 497 copies, 14 reviews
The Giant, O'Brien 491 copies, 22 reviews
A Change of Climate 482 copies, 10 reviews
Eight Months on Ghazzah Street 426 copies, 11 reviews
Every Day Is Mother's Day 298 copies, 8 reviews
Vacant Possession 288 copies, 12 reviews
Learning to Talk 78 copies, 5 reviews
The World of Wolf Hall 13 copies, 1 review
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Angel (Introduction, some editions) 790 copies, 28 reviews
Marking Time (Afterword, some editions) 728 copies, 27 reviews
Faces in the Water (Introduction, some editions) 522 copies, 18 reviews
The Fox in the Attic (Introduction, some editions) 414 copies, 8 reviews
The Tortoise and the Hare (Introduction, some editions) 391 copies, 10 reviews
The Long View (Introduction, some editions) 223 copies, 5 reviews
The Wooden Shepherdess (Introduction, some editions) 164 copies, 3 reviews
Odd Girl Out (Introduction, some editions) 155 copies, 2 reviews
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Best European Fiction 2011 (Contributor) 102 copies, 3 reviews
Wolf Hall [2015 mini series] (Original book) 67 copies, 1 review
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Hilary Thompson was the eldest of three children in a Catholic English family of Irish descent. She took the surname of Mantel from her unofficial stepfather after her parents separated. After university, she worked as a social worker at a geriatric hospital and as a sales assistant in a department store. In 1972, she married Gerald McEwen, a geologist, and the couple later lived in Botswana and Saudi Arabia. She published a memoir of this time, "Someone to Disturb," in the London Review of Books. Her first novel, Every Day is Mother's Day, was published in 1985. Returning to England, Hilary Mantel became the film critic of The Spectator and a reviewer for a number of newspapers and magazines in Britain and the USA.
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