As I haven't seen any other threads (or even comments) on the issue, so I thought I'd start one. The title is self-explanatory. Hilary Mantel, the British novelist, has just won the (Man) Booker Prize (for the second time) for her book "Bring Up The Bodies". This makes her the first woman, and first Briton, to have won the award twice. Two others (J. M. Coetzee and Peter Carey) have also won the Booker award twice. "Bring Up The Bodies" is the second in a planned trilogy of three books, which tell of an extraordinarily convulsive (and endlessly compelling) period - in essence, the birth of the modern era - of English history during the reign of Henry VIII as seen through the thoughtful dark eyes of his controversial, formidably intelligent, talented and sometimes thuggish chief minister, Thomas Cromwell. The first part of the trilogy, "Wolf Hall", was awarded the Booker Prize in 2009. Prior to that, Mantel had been a widely respected (but never a best selling) novelist - her excellent work on the French Revolution "A Place of Greater Safety" never received the recognition (or the sales) such an impressive work merited. I'm delighted for her. "Bring Up The Bodies" is stunning - a better book than its excellent predecessor "Wolf Hall" - and the interrogation scenes towards the end are truly unnerving, and are better, in my view than anything in '1984', or 'Darkness at Noon'. This is a writer who immerses herself in original historical sources, charts and navigates the eras she describes with elegance and writes with an exquisite mastery of prose and a beautiful but crisp, modern literary style. Well worth reading, for the story, the story-telling, and the sheer class and craftsmanship of the writing.