And the winner is…

The majority (62%) of our survey respondents correctly predicted that Hilary Mantel would become the first woman, and the first Briton, to win the Man Booker Prize for the second time. The other two double prize winners are Peter Carey and J M Coetzee. Mantel, who published her first novel twenty-seven years ago, joked upon receiving the prize: “You wait twenty years for a Booker prize and then two come along at once.”

Bring up the bodies is the sequel to the 2009 Man Booker Prize-winning Wolf Hall, which charts the life of Thomas Cromwell. Mantel is currently writing the final installment of the trilogy The Mirror and the Light: can she become the first person to win the prize three times…? If the first two books are anything to go by she is certainly a strong contender…

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