Mantel Wins Booker

The bookie’s favorite is the winner; just in time for its US debut next week.

Wolf Hall: A Novel
Hilary Mantel
Retail Price: $27.00
Hardcover: 560 pages
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. – (2009-10-13)
ISBN / EAN: 0805080686 / 9780805080681

Downloadable eBook from OverDrive available next week.

The Times of London says the book was the “hottest favourite in the 40-year history” of the prize and notes it’s the first favorite to win since Yann Martel’s Life of Pi in 2002 (making you wonder why people continue to bet on the favorite). However, prior to the book appearing on the Booker longlist, it was considered a “mid-ranking outsider.” In a very short time, it leaped to being the favorite.

The Guardian also notes that has attracted greater attention – and greater sales – than the award has seen for many years.” This is the intent of the prize, says the Times of London,

Despite its highbrow reputation, the prize was founded to sell books. Mr Trewin [the prize’s director] said that it was achieving its original purpose: “not only to reward superb fiction but to encourage people to go out and read it”.

Critics from The Guardian discuss the book in a podcast, which includes a rather gruesome excerpt read by the author.

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