Wolf Hall author Dame Hilary Mantel dies, aged 70

The author was widely regarded as one of the greatest novelists of this century.

Dame Hilary Mantel, who was best known for her epic Wolf Hall trilogy, has died at the age of 70, her publisher has confirmed.

Her publisher HarperCollins said in a statement: "We are heartbroken at the death of our beloved author, Dame Hilary Mantel.

"Our thoughts are with her friends and family, especially her husband, Gerald.  

This is a devastating loss and we can only be grateful she left us with such a magnificent body of work." 

Mantel won the Booker Prize twice, for 2009's Wolf Hall, the first in the Thomas Cromwell series,  

and 2012's follow-up Bring Up the Bodies, which also won the 2012 Costa Book of the Year. 

The final instalment in the trilogy, The Mirror and the Light, was published in 2020 to huge critical acclaim, 

becoming an instant Sunday Times bestseller and being long-listed for The Booker Prize 2020. 

The book also won the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction, which she first received for Wolf Hall.

At the time of writing, her ground-breaking Wolf Hall trilogy has been translated into 41 languages with sales of over 5 million worldwide.