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January 30, 2013

Hilary Mantel’s Bring up the Bodies wins Costa prize after unanimous vote

BodiesJenni Murray, chair of judges, says Mantel novel ‘stood more than head and shoulders … on stilts, above the rest’

By Mark Brown

The unstoppable Hilary Mantel has added another award to her astonishing haul of major literary prizes when judges at a ceremony in London unanimously named Bring up the Bodies the 2012 Costa book of the year.

Mantel became the first novelist to win both the Man Booker and the Costa prize when a nine-strong judging panel took less than an hour to decide that her thrilling, gripping and bloody second instalment of her Thomas Cromwell trilogy was a clear winner.

It was perhaps the least surprising result in the prize’s history. The chair of judges, Dame Jenni Murray, said: “One book simply stood head and shoulders, more than head and shoulders … on stilts, above the rest. We had a really good discussion, like being at a high-powered book club, and I said, ‘OK, let’s have a vote on Bring up the Bodies’ and every hand went up.”


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