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Updated: October 8, 2009 01:02 IST

Hilary Mantel wins Booker prize for fiction

Hasan Suroor
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Winner of the 2009 Booker Prize for fiction Hilary Mantel with her book
' Wolf Hall ' poses for photographers following the announcement in central London on Tuesday. A tale of political intrigue set during the reign of King Henry VIII won the prestigious Man Booker prize for fiction Tuesday. Ms. Mantel's novel charts the upheaval caused by the king's desire to marry Anne Boleyn, as seen through the eyes of royal adviser Thomas Cromwell. Ms. Mantel's novel beat stiff competition from a shortlist that included previous Booker winners A.S. Byatt and J.M. Coetzee. The winner receives a prize of 52,500 pounds, (US$ 83,500 euro 56,750).Photo: AP
Winner of the 2009 Booker Prize for fiction Hilary Mantel with her book ' Wolf Hall ' poses for photographers following the announcement in central London on Tuesday. A tale of political intrigue set during the reign of King Henry VIII won the prestigious Man Booker prize for fiction Tuesday. Ms. Mantel's novel charts the upheaval caused by the king's desire to marry Anne Boleyn, as seen through the eyes of royal adviser Thomas Cromwell. Ms. Mantel's novel beat stiff competition from a shortlist that included previous Booker winners A.S. Byatt and J.M. Coetzee. The winner receives a prize of 52,500 pounds, (US$ 83,500 euro 56,750).Photo: AP

British novelist Hilary Mantel’s historical doorstopper, Wolf Hall, set in the court of Henry VIII, has won this year’s £50,000 Man Booker Prize beating five other contenders, including two previous Booker winners – A.S. Byatt and J.M. Coetzee.

For the first time in many years, there was no Asian writer in contention.

Bookies’ favourite

Wolf Hall, a fictional account of the rise of Henry VIII’s scheming adviser and fixer, Thomas Cromwell, was a bookies favourite right from the start but the judges were split and chair of judges Jim Naughtie, a BBC broadcaster, admitted that it was not a unanimous choice.

However, he insisted that in the end everyone was happy to go with the majority decision.

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