Man Booker winner receives honorary degree

Hilary Mantel, author of the bestseller Wolf Hall, recently received an honorary degree from Kingston University:

Dr David Rogers, head of Kingston’s School of Humanities, said the University was delighted to honour one of the finest contemporary novelists, not only in the UK but in the world. “The remarkable range of Hilary Mantel’s writing and her unique ability to bring history alive through her fiction provide inspiration for our developing writers at Kingston as does her persistence and good humour,” he said.

When Wolf Hall, a novel about Thomas Cromwell, won the Man Booker prize in 2009, Mantel described the experience as ‘the ultimate recognition’, but also something an author needed to just ‘get past’ to ‘become the writer that they meant to become all along’. Selling more than 220,000 copies in hardback, it became the prize’s fastest-selling winning book as well as the first to go straight to the no.1 spot in the general fiction chart when it was released as a paperback.

Read the full article on the University website.


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