Booker Prize-winning author Hilary Mantel dies at 70

Updated: Sep 23 2022 5:44PM

London, Sep 23 (PTI) Hilary Mantel, the British author of the best-selling Wolf Hall trilogy and the first woman to win the prestigious Booker Prize twice, has died. She was 70, her publisher and agent said on Friday.

Mantel, who was regarded as one of the greatest English-language novelists of this century, died "suddenly yet peacefully" on Thursday surrounded by close family and friends, according to her agent.

A statement released by publishers HarperCollins said: "We are heartbroken at the death of our beloved author, Dame Hilary Mantel and our thoughts are with her friends and family, especially her husband, Gerald.” “This is a devastating loss and we can only be grateful she left us with such a magnificent body of work," it said.