The 2012 Man Booker Prize Goes To Hilary Mantel's "Bring Up The Bodies"

Hilary Mantel's "Bring Up The Bodies" Man Booker

This week, it was the Man Booker Committee's turn to announce the winner of its prestigious award. Last month, they released quite a bold shortlist, including titles such as Will Self's stream-of-consciousness novel Umbrella and Jeet Thayill's Narcopolis. But neither of those two titles won. Some of you may find the results to be anti-climactic, but...

Hillary Mantel won again.

She won in 2009 for her historical novel Wolf Hall, which had garnered some major praise throughout the cultural community (including from Christopher Hitchens himself) and she won this year's prize for the sequel, Bring Up The Bodies. That's right. That's two Man Booker Prizes in four years, for what is basically a series.

Now, this is intriguing. The first thing that comes to mind is :"Come on, Man Booker Committee, let someone else win." But at the same time, it seems logical that Bring Up The Bodies won, since it's a sequel that makes its predecessor proud. Both books got nothing but high praises.

Do you agree with the decision?

Image of Wolf Hall
Author: Hilary Mantel
Price: $15.25
Publisher: Picador (2010)
Binding: Paperback, 604 pages
Image of Bring Up the Bodies
Author: Hilary Mantel
Price: $15.00
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (2012)
Binding: Hardcover, 412 pages
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Benoît Lelièvre is twenty-nine years old and lives in Montreal,Canada. His fiction has been published in Needle Magazine, Crime Factory, Beat to a Pulp: Hardboiled, Shotgun Honey and The Flash Fiction Offensive, amongst others. When he's not furiously typing away, he's watching hockey, studying martial arts, consuming pop culture or kicking back with his better half and his dog. He blogs out of Dead End Follies, where he reviews books, movies and chronicles his existence.

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