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    Hilary Mantel, British author of ‘Wolf Hall’ saga, dies aged 70

    LONDON — Hilary Mantel, the Booker Prize-winning author of the critically acclaimed “Wolf Hall” saga, has died. She was 70.

    Mantel died “sudden but peacefully” surrounded by close family and friends, publisher HarperCollins said Friday.

    Mantel is credited with breathing new life into historical fiction with “Wolf Hall” and two sequels about 16th-century English power broker Thomas Cromwell.

    The publisher called Mantel “one of the greatest English novelists of this century.”

    “Her beloved works are considered modern classics. She will be greatly missed,” the statement said.

    Mantel has won the Booker Prize twice, for ‘Wolf Hall’ in 2009 and its sequel ‘Bring Up the Bodies’ in 2012. Both have been filmed for stage and television.

    The last episode, “The Mirror and the Light”, was published in 2020.

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