'Wolf Hall' Author Dame Hilary Mantel Has Died at Age 70

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Dame Hilary Mantel, award-winning author of the Wolf Hall trilogy, has died "suddenly yet peacefully" at age 70.
The BBC reports that Mantel passed away Thursday (September 22) surrounded by family and friends. She is survived by her husband of more than 40 years, geologist Gerald McEwen
During her career, Mantel twice won the prestigious Boozer Prize, which is awarded to the best novel each year written in English and published in the U.K. or Ireland. Mantel won her first Booker in 2009 for Wolf Hall, a historical novel about the rise of King Henry VIII's advisor Thomas Cromwell. She won again three years later for the book's sequel, Bring Up the Bodies
In 2015, these two novels were adapted into Wolf Hall, a Golden Globe-winning BBC/Masterpiece miniseries starring Mark Rylance, Damian Lewis, Claire Foy, and Mark Gatiss. The third and final book in the Wolf Hall trilogy, The Mirror and the Light, was published in 2020.

In total, Mantel wrote 12 novels, a memoir, several collections of short stories, and numerous articles. In 2014, she received a Damehood for services to literature. Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is among the many who have been paying tributes to her today. 
Sturgeon tweeted: "Such terribly sad news. It is impossible to overstate the significance of the literary legacy Hilary Mantel leaves behind. Her brilliant Wolf Hall trilogy was the crowning achievement in an outstanding body of work. Rest in peace."
Rest in Peace, Dame Hilary Mantel, and thank you for your contribution.