asdf sdf sdf asdf sdf asdf asdf sdf Who says historical fiction isn't literary? Hillary Mantel's Wolf Hall won the 2009 Man Booker Prize yesterday, beating out A.S. Byatt and J.M. Coetzee - both veteran winners of the prize. Mantel's Booker win focuses on the life of Thomas Cromwell, advisor to King Henry VIII.
Author of 10 previous novels, a collection of short stories and a memoir, Mantel is considered one of the top British authors working today, though is she is largely unknown in the US.