On stilts above the rest
You can read the opening chapter here
The chair of judges, Dame Jenni Murray, said: “One book simply stood head and shoulders, more than head and shoulders … on stilts, above the rest. We had a really good discussion, like being at a high-powered book club, and I said, ‘OK, let’s have a vote on Bring up the Bodies’ and every hand went up.”
Responding to criticism about her book winning too many awards and stifling other talent, Mantel said she was “not going to apologise”.
“I’m not sorry, I’m happy and I shall make it my business to try to write more books that will be worth more prizes,” she said on stage.
Good for her! Do you think the judges were right?