Historical Novel Wolf Hall Captures Booker Prize

Hilary Mantel's story set in Henry VIII's court was favorite for prestigious award
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 6, 2009 9:49 PM CDT
Winner of the 2009 Booker Prize for fiction Hilary Mantel with her book "Wolf Hall."   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – A novel set in the court of King Henry VIII won this year’s Man Booker Prize, Britain’s top literary honor. Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall was a heavy favorite, and the book drew praise from the panel of judges as “a thoroughly modern novel set in the 16th century.” Mantel, 57, takes home about $80,000, though the bigger windfall could come from a bump in sales.