Mantel, 60, won the prestigious £50,000 ($81,000) literary prize Tuesday for her novel “Bring up the Bodies,” the second in a historical trilogy set during the reign of King Henry VIII.
She also won the prize in 2009 for “Wolf Hall,” the first novel in the trilogy.
“You wait 20 years for a Booker Prize and then two come along at once,” she told reporters, adding, “I feel a bit weak at the knees to be honest.”
This year, she overcome competition from 144 other entries, including the shortlisted, “Narcopolis” by Jeet Thayil(India),”Umbrella” by Will Self, “Swimming Home” by Deborah Levy, “The Lighthouse” by Alison Moore, and “The Garden of Evening Mists” by Tan Twan Eng.
- Mantel is the third author to win the prize twice, alongside J.M. Coetzee and Peter Carey.
Hilary Mantel becomes first woman to win Man Booker Prize twice