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The author of twelve novels (ranging from political thrillers through social satire, comedy of manners, and near-gothic), still at the height of her career, Hilary Mantel has been likened to Muriel Spark or Edna O'Brien for the sharpness of her humour, and to Graham Greene for her command of suspense and of accurately rendered political background. She has also published memoirs and short fiction. She is a leading practitioner of the current form of the historical novel, and her fiction encompasses as wide a variety of geographical as of historical settings, from Africa to Saudi Arabia, Ireland, northern England, and revolutionary France. Bibliographic Citation link. She has more sparked controversy with her treatment of royal or political figures of her own time.
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6 July 1952 Hilary Thompson (later HM) was born at Glossop in Derbyshire, on the northern tip of the Peak District. Bibliographic Citation link.
By early September 1989 HM published a fantastical, anti-Catholic novel entitled Fludd, from the name of an actual alchemist, physician and scholar (1574-1637). Bibliographic Citation link.
30 April 2009 HM's next novel, Wolf Hall, appeared, fictionalising part of the life of the sixteenth-century lawyer and politician Thomas Cromwell. It was later picked as winner of this year's Man Booker Prize. Bibliographic Citation link.
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