Hilary Mantel has won the 2009 Man Booker Prize for her novel, Wolf Hall, it was announced Tuesday. The Man Booker is given every year to an outstanding work of fiction by a citizen of a British Commonwealth country, and this year's winner was an unusually popular choice. Indeed -- this being an award given in England where one can wager on almost anything -- it has been noted that this is the first time the prize has been given to the nominee that had been made the odds-on favorite by the British bookmakers. Mantel's book is an historical novel about the rise to power of Thomas Cromwell in the court of Henry VIII. The reaction to the choice in today's London Times: "Rarely has the Booker Prize got it so gloriously, marvellously right as this year."
The American edition of Wolf Hall is due to be released next week, and we hope to have it in stock then at Accent on Books.
More information is available at the Man Booker website.