2012 Man Booker Prize

Hilary Mantel won the 2012 Man Booker Prize for her novel, Bring up the Bodies. As described on the Man Booker Prize website, Mantel’s win is quite unique, “Hers is a story unique in Man Booker history. She becomes only the third author, after Peter Carey and J.M. Coetzee, to win the prize twice, which puts her in the empyrean. But she is also the first to win with a sequel (Wolf Hall won in 2009) and the first to win with such a brief interlude between books. Her resuscitation of Thomas Cromwell – and with him the historical novel – is one of the great achievements of modern literature. There is the last volume of her trilogy still to come so her Man Booker tale may yet have a further chapter.” – http://www.themanbookerprize.com/news/hilary-mantel-wins-2012-man-booker-prize.

The judges started with 145 novels and narrowed them down to a longlist which was released in July. Links to the Minuteman catalog records for the winning books by Mantel and those on the longlist are listed below.

2012 Winner:

Bring Up the Bodies, Hilary Mantel. Bring Up the Bodies is the sequel to Wolf Hall by Mantel, which won the Booker Prize in 2009.

Link to all of Mantel’s books available through the Newton Free Library.

2012 Man Booker Prize Longlist:

Nicola Barker, The Yips

Ned Beauman,The Teleportation Accident

André Brink, Philida

Tan Twan Eng, The Garden of Evening Mists

Michael Frayn, Skios

Rachel Joyce, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry 

Deborah Levy, Swimming Home

Hilary Mantel, Bring up the Bodies (WINNER)

Alison Moore, The Lighthouse

Will Self, Umbrella

Jeet Thayil, Narcopolis

Sam Thompson, Communion Town


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