Bring Up the Bodies
Hilary Mantel triumphed for a second time with her successor to Wolf Hall, Bring Up the Bodies. In so doing, she achieved three ‘firsts’ - not only was she first woman and the first British author to win the prize twice, but she was also the first person to win the prize for two novels in a trilogy. The RSC acquired the theatrical rights to both. 2013 was also significant in that three out of the six shortlisted authors were published by small, independent houses.