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Weekly Roundup: Hilary Mantel's Bring Up The Bodies hits the shelves

Weekly Roundup: Hilary Mantel's Bring Up The Bodies hits the shelves


The major Man Booker Prize-related news this week was the release of Hilary Mantel’s Bring Up The Bodies, the sequel to her 2009 Prize-winning Wolf Hall

Robert McCrum spoke to Mantel at The Book Beast about her anticipated novel and her 'life’s many disasters'. She also listed her top five favourite historical fictions and thanks to The Telegraph, you can also read the first chapter.

Mantel spoke to Shelf Awareness about embarking on such a vast trilogy of novels and how she will feel when she bids farewell to Thomas Cromwell. 

Mantel wasn’t the only Man Booker Prize-winning author to be interviewed this week; two-time winner Peter Carey revealed his creative process to the Wall Street Journal in an enlightening conversation while winner of the 2007 prize Anne Enright was featured in the New York Times. 

It was a very successful week for Jane Rogers, author of the 2011 Man Booker Prize longlisted The Testament of Jessie Lamb, as she won the Arthur C Clarke Award, the UK’s top prize for science fiction. 

Rogers’ novel is her vision of a world tormented by biological terrorism and fought off competition from three-time winner China Miéville, Charles Stross, Greg Bear and Sheri S Tepper. Congratulations to her from all at the Man Booker Prize. 

The Aukland Writers and Readers Festival continues to add names to its line-up, as well as Booker Prize winner, Roddy Doyle; and the Man Booker Prize shortlisted, Sebastian Barry; 2011 shortlisted, A. D. Miller; and chair of judges from the same year, Dame Stella Rimington, will also be appearing. 

In Australia, Kate Grenville, author of the 2006 Man Booker Prize-shortlisted, The Secret River, will be in conversation at the Literary Luncheon event at Trio’s on the River, Tewantin.

Jane Rogers, Man Booker Prize
Jane Rogers, Man Booker Prize