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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) — biography from Wolf Hall… (more)
Wolf Hall 13,091 copies, 637 reviews
Bring Up the Bodies 6,662 copies, 337 reviews
The Mirror and the Light 2,525 copies, 97 reviews
A Place of Greater Safety 1,764 copies, 58 reviews
Beyond Black 1,755 copies, 60 reviews
Fludd 901 copies, 29 reviews
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An Experiment in Love 537 copies, 15 reviews
A Change of Climate 522 copies, 11 reviews
Eight Months on Ghazzah Street 480 copies, 13 reviews
Every Day Is Mother's Day 335 copies, 9 reviews
Vacant Possession 309 copies, 12 reviews
Mantel Pieces 207 copies, 6 reviews
Learning to Talk 161 copies, 11 reviews
Wolf Hall Trilogy 40 copies, 1 review
The World of Wolf Hall 14 copies, 1 review
The Scarlet Pimpernel (Introduction, some editions) 8,456 copies, 184 reviews
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Angel (Introduction, some editions) 845 copies, 31 reviews
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The Fox in the Attic (Introduction, some editions) 440 copies, 11 reviews
The Tortoise and the Hare (Introduction, some editions) 421 copies, 11 reviews
The Long View (Introduction, some editions) 257 copies, 5 reviews
The Wooden Shepherdess (Introduction, some editions) 183 copies, 4 reviews
Odd Girl Out (Introduction, some editions) 171 copies, 2 reviews
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TLS Short Stories (Contributor) 12 copies
The Best British Short Stories 2015 (Contributor) 12 copies

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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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