Hilary Mantel

Hilary Mantel is the author of Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies

Wolf Hall gets an American makeover

18 March 2015 13:36

Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall documents the rise of Thomas Cromwell, one of history’s most famous anti-heroes. Chronicling Henry VIII’s ill-fated marriage to Anne Boleyn, it is just one of many accounts of life in Tudor times under Henry… Continue reading

Anton Lesser plays Thomas More in BBC2's Wolf Hall. Photo: Ed Miller/BBC

Like Isis, Thomas More believed passionately in burning people alive

19 February 2015 12:11

Next week, in the final episode of the BBC’s Wolf Hall, we’ll see Anne Boleyn face death by beheading. But if you watched last night’s episode, you’ll know – accurately –… Continue reading


Wolf Hall, BBC Two, review: ‘actually rather good’

22 January 2015 11:13

It starts in darkness. And no, it’s not a metaphor for the crooked timber of the human heart, it’s just bad lighting. Stanley Kubrick sourced his cameras from NASA in… Continue reading

Joan of Arc in an illustration from a 1505 manuscript

Ever wondered what Joan of Arc’s breasts were like? Wonder no more

12 November 2014 12:56

Just as she arrived a bit late to the Hundred Years War – about three quarters of the way through – Joan of Arc takes a while to appear in historian… Continue reading

Richard Flanagan, winner of the 2014 Man Booker.  Photo: BEN STANSALL/ AFP/ Getty Images

It’s about time a man won the Booker again

15 October 2014 11:55

I bet fifty quid on Howard Jacobson winning the Man Booker. My original bet was actually on a ‘Yes’ vote below 40 per cent in the Scottish referendum and Bet365 then gave… Continue reading

Ben Miles as Thomas Cromwell and Lydia Leonard as Anne Boleyn in Wolf Hall. Photo: Alastair Muir

Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies: ‘a major theatrical event – don’t settle for one, see both’

25 May 2014 7:43

In Hilary Mantel’s Tudor England, it never stops raining. As she writes in her evocative programme note for the RSC stage adaptation of  Wolf Hall, she first envisaged the life of… Continue reading

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George Saunders wins the Folio Prize for his book Tenth Of December. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire

New literary award launches. But is the Folio Prize just a pretentious version of the Booker?

11 March 2014 13:53

The British Library isn’t the first place I associate with contemporary fiction. For me, it’s about the Tudor manuscripts: the support and expertise of the manuscript room staff is second… Continue reading

AM Homes (far left), posing with the rest of the shortlist for the Women's Prize for Fiction. (BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

AM Homes’ May We Be Forgiven wins the Women’s Fiction Prize

5 June 2013 20:00

AM Homes’ May We Be Forgiven has won the Women’s Fiction Prize, beating a strong field that included Hilary Mantel, Zadie Smith, Barbara Kingsolver and Kate Atkinson. Homes, who is an American writer, is… Continue reading

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Hilary Mantel’s misinterpreted Royal Bodies lecture was still unpleasant

21 February 2013 10:17

People are quite often pilloried for saying the opposite of what they actually said. I have read Hilary Mantel’s London Review of Books lecture, and she is quite clearly not attacking the… Continue reading

Who will be victorious in the battle for Eastleigh?

The View from 22 — the battle for Eastleigh and free riding the NHS

21 February 2013 8:59

The Tories and Lib Dems are locking horns in Eastleigh but what is Labour’s strategy? In this week’s View from 22 podcast, James Forsyth debates with the Fabian Society’s Marcus… Continue reading

The Duchess of Cambridge has completed her final engagement before taking time off ahead of giving birth. (ANDREW COWIE/AFP/Getty Images)

Hilary Mantel did not attack Kate, she defended her.

20 February 2013 14:55

Like grief, stupidity has a hierarchy. So, on balance, Ed Miliband’s response – if it can be so dignified – to Hilary Mantel’s essay about the mystery and magic attraction… Continue reading

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The battle for credibility: David Cameron, Ed Miliband, Hilary Mantel edition

19 February 2013 18:49

Why can’t politicians resist the temptation to comment? Hilary Mantel’s piece in the LRB is about as political as the pasta I was eating when David Cameron stopped darkening Indian… Continue reading

The Duchess of Cambridge on a visit this morning. Picture: Getty

David Cameron should have read Hilary Mantel’s essay before criticising it

19 February 2013 13:36

How stupid of David Cameron to join this absurd row over Hilary Mantel’s-speech-turned-LRB-essay on monarchy. I strongly suspect that the Prime Minister was told to do so by aides, who for their part… Continue reading

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge Visits St Andrew's School, Berkshire. Image: Getty

Hilary Mantel’s sympathy for the royals

19 February 2013 12:47

Hilary Mantel has got into hot-water over a piece she has written about monarchy for the London Review of Books. There has been consternation over Mantel’s statement that the Duchess… Continue reading

Hilary Mantel's 'Bring Up The Bodies' has won the Costa Book of the Year Award. Image: Getty

Hilary Mantel’s Bring Up The Bodies wins Costa Book of the Year

29 January 2013 21:26

Hilary Mantel has won the Costa Book Award of the Year for Bring up the Bodies. It saw off contenders: Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner (the children’s book winner), The… Continue reading


The Costa Book Awards make history

2 January 2013 19:32

The Costa Book Awards has made its own history tonight by selecting, according to its press release, an all women shortlist* for the first time. Here are the category winners,… Continue reading

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Last Morning in Al Hamra – Shiva Naipaul Prize, 1987

14 August 2012 16:09

The Spectator/ Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize for travel writing was first awarded in 1987, and its first-ever winner was Hilary Mantel, who has since won the 2009 Booker Prize for… Continue reading

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Be ‘unafraid’, Hilary Mantel tells Shiva Naipaul Prize contenders

26 July 2012 20:12

Hilary Mantel has just been long-listed for the Booker Prize for Bring Up the Bodies, her brilliant follow-up to Wolf Hall, which netted the coveted Booker itself in 2009. We at The Spectator… Continue reading