Derbyshire born author Hilary Mantel has been announced as winner of the Costa Novel Award for Bring up the Bodies, which won the 2012 Man Booker Prize.
Hilary Mantel CBE was born in Derbyshire in 1952 and studied Law at the London School of Economics and Sheffield University. She worked as a social worker before going to live in Botswana for five years and Saudi Arabia for four before returning to Britain in the mid-1980s.
Her books include Eight Months on Ghazzah Street (1988), Fludd (1989), A Place of Greater Safety(1992), A Change of Climate (1994), Beyond Black (2005), and Wolf Hall (2009), winner of the Man Booker Prize.
Bring up the Bodies won the 2012 Man Booker Prize, making Hilary the only UK author ever to have won it twice. She was awarded a CBE in 2006.
Originally established in 1971 by Whitbread PLC, Costa announced its takeover of the sponsorship of the UK's popular and prestigious book prize in 2006. 2012 marks the 41st year of the Book Awards.