Author Hilary Mantel has died aged 70. Estate Books announced the news on their Twitter page today, telling fans they were “heartbroken” by the news. “Our thoughts are with her friends and family, especially her husband, Gerald,” they added.
“This is a devastating loss and we can only be grateful she left us with such a magnificent body of work.”
Harper Collins said she died “suddenly yet peacefully” on Thursday surrounded by close family and friends.
They added: “This is a devastating loss and we can only be grateful she left us with such a magnificent body of work.”
Dame Hilary’s agent Bill Hamilton, at literary agency A.M. Heath, said it had been the “greatest privilege” to work with her.
He said: “Her wit, stylistic daring, creative ambition and phenomenal historical insight mark her out as one of the greatest novelists of our time.
“She will be remembered for her enormous generosity to other budding writers, her capacity to electrify a live audience, and the huge array of her journalism and criticism, producing some of the finest commentary on issues and books.”
He went on to say her emails were “sprinkled with bon mots and jokes”.
Bill added she had chronic health problems “which she dealt with so stoically”.
More tributes have flooded in for the late writer on social media.
Matthew Pennycook MP wrote: “Awful news. A huge loss.”
Tomas Kenny added: “Awful news. One of the best writers of the past half century.”
Modhabobo typed: “Utterly heartbreaking to think of all the stories she had in her that we will never know. Love to her family in this awful time.”
“Shocking and terrible news. She was simply the finest novelist in Britain,” Gregory Norminton wrote.
Hilary’s award-winning trilogy was a fictional account of Thomas Cromwell’s rise to power in the court of Henry VIII.
The writer won the Booker Prize twice, firstly for her 2009 novel Wolf Hall and again for Bring Up The Bodies three years later.
The final book in the trilogy, titled The Mirror and the Light, was released in 2020. It covers the last four years of Thomas’ life.
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