- ‘Tis the Season: London florist creates $4.6 million Christmas wreath
- No tailgating allowed at Super Bowl XLVIII
- Pentagon to transport African troops to Central African Republic
- Chinese man fed up with his girlfriend’s shopping jumps to his death
- Ukraine leader to talk with protesters; Washington urges caution
- Pope Francis: A nun saved my life
- Israeli P.M. Netanyahu backs out of Mandela funeral
- Elian Gonzalez makes first trip outside Cuba since custody battle
- U.S., British intelligence agents enter online sci-fi world to spy on gamers
- Sarah Palin to host the outdoors show ‘Amazing America’
Hilary Mantel: British writer wins 2nd Booker Prize
LONDON (AP) — British writer Hilary Mantel won the prestigious Booker literary prize for a second time Tuesday with her blood-soaked Tudor saga “Bring Up the Bodies,” which the head of the judging panel said had “rewritten the book” on historical fiction.
Miss Mantel, who took the 50,000-pound ($82,000) award in 2009 for “Wolf Hall,” is the first British author, and the first woman, to achieve a Booker double.
“You wait 20 years for a Booker Prize, and two come along at once,” Miss Mantel said as she accepted the award at London’s medieval Guildhall. “I regard this as an act of faith and a vote of confidence.”
Miss Mantel, who quipped in 2009 that she planned to spend her prize money on sex and drugs and rock ‘n’ roll, said, “I’m afraid the answer will be much duller this year.”
“Rehab,” she joked, before adding, “My pension, probably.”
Alternately thoughtful and thuggish, trying to keep his head in a treacherous world, Miss Mantel’s Cromwell has drawn comparisons to the Mafia don at the center of the “Godfather” saga, and Miss Mantel’s novel combines finely wrought prose with thriller touches.
“This is a bloody story,” he said, “but Hilary Mantel is a writer who thinks through the blood. She uses her art, her power of prose, to create moral ambiguity.”
Mr. Stothard said the new book “utterly surpassed” the earlier novel, breathing new life into a well-known story. Henry VIII’s reign has inspired many fictional treatments, from the acclaimed play and film “A Man for All Seasons” to the soapy TV series “The Tudors.”
Mr. Stothard said “Bring Up the Bodies” showed “the greatest modern English prose writer reviving possibly one of the best-known pieces of English history.”
“This is all well-trodden territory with an inevitable outcome, and yet she is able to bring it to life as though for the first time,” he said.
“She has rewritten the book on writing historical fiction.”
The judging panel, which included “Downton Abbey” actor Dan Stevens, met for just more than two hours Tuesday to pick its winner.
By Brahma Chellaney
Beijing's creeping aggression signals a challenge to U.S. presence in the Asian Pacific
- Chinese man fed up with his girlfriend's shopping jumps to his death
- CURL: Obama tells a whopper on IRS scandal
- Satanists petition for statue at Oklahoma Statehouse
- Tech companies call for an end to NSA online snooping
- Lawmakers see 'false narrative' of Obama as a terrorist fighter
- Ted Cruz sees legal landmines ahead for Obamacare
- Bill OReilly reminds: Nelson Mandela was a communist
- WOLF: The president's other Obamacare lies
- MSNBC host: Obamacare a 'wealthy white men' racist word
- MILLER: Brady Campaign says Colorado recalls due to NRA, not grassroots opposition to gun control
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Find the latest news and happening that effect those in the Washington D.C., Northern Virginia and Maryland Metro region.
The world impacts us. What happens in our towns, cities, states, country and on this planet makes a difference to us.
Happiness is attainable. Morning to night. I love to teach, deal with folks that have an issue and really wish to tackle it and write.
Brazen, leading-edge, “call it like it is” columns and reporting from Ohio native, radio host and writer, Sara Marie Brenner.
White House pets gone wild!
Let it snow