Friday, 27 November 2009

Coffee, biscuits and books...

Hilary Mantel has been shortlisted this week for the Costa Book Awards. Mantel had literary success earlier this year, winning the Man Booker Prize with her new novel, 'Wolf Hall'. An historical novel, 'Wolf Hall' is based on Thomas Cromwell, and his rise to power in the Tudor dynasty; the judges said that Mantel was awarded the prize for 'The extraordinary way that [she] has created what one of the judges has said was a contemporary novel, a modern novel, which happens to be set in the 16th century.' Up against her in the Costa awards, are novelists Penelope Lively, Colm Toibin and Christopher Nicholson. The winner of the £5,000 award will be announced on January 26th.

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