With their story: 'Comma'
Hilary Mantel CBE was born in Glossop, Derbyshire in 1952. After studying Law, she was employed as a social worker then lived in Botswana for five years, followed by four years in Saudi Arabia, returning to Britain in the 1980s. Her novel, Wolf Hall (2009), won the 2009 Man Booker Prize for Fiction and the Walter Scott Prize and was shortlisted for the 2009 Costa Novel Award and 2010 Orange Prize for Fiction. Its sequel, Bring Up the Bodies (2012), also won the Man Booker, as well as the Costa Book Awards. In 2006 she was awarded a CBE, and in 2014 the DBE.