Hilary Mantel is a British author and a prolific writer. Her first book, Every Day is Mother’s Day, was published in 1985, shortly before her return to England after years spent living with her husband in Botswana and Saudi Arabia. Subsequently, she became a film critic for The Spectator (1987-1991) and a reviewer for papers and magazines in the UK and United States. Her books were received with critical acclaim, and she was awarded the Booker Prize in 2009 for her novel Wolf Hall and in 2012 for the novel Bring Up the Bodies, becoming the first woman to receive the prestigious award twice.
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