Hilary Mantel dies aged 70

Very sad news that Man Booker Prize winning author Dame Hilary Mantel has died aged 70, according to her publisher. Her Wolf Hall trilogy, charting the fortunes of Thomas Cromwell, has been serialised by the BBC.

Over the years she has produced numerous books, historical fiction, reviewed films, books and papers, for newspapers and TV. The sequel to ‘Wolf Hall’, ‘Bringing Up the Bodies‘ won her the 2012 Costa Book of the Year and the 2012 Booker Prize. She became the first British writer and the first woman to win the¬†Booker more than once. Her books were adapted into plays by the RSC and produced as a mini-series by BBC. The final book The Mirror & the Light was published in 2020.

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Death of HM Queen Elizabeth II

Very saddened to learn of the passing of the Queen & the end of the second Elizabethan age. My condolences to all her family.

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Shirley Hughes CBE 1927 – 2022

Sad to see, last week, of the death of children’s author and illustrator Shirley Hughes, who passed away at age 94 after a short illness. She wrote more than 50 books and sold over 11 million copies. She was best known for her Alfie series of stories featuring Alfie and his sister Annie Rose, and also for her picture book Dogger. Dogger, published in 1977, is about a boy who loses his stuffed dog – it won her the Kate Greenaway Medal. Tributes have flooded in from leading writers including Michael Morpurgo, Philip Pullman and Michael Rosen.

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