Hilary Mantel was born in England in 1952. She lived in Africa and in Saudi Arabia for a few years and in Saudi Arabia with her husband, an archeologist. She’s written twelve novels, two short-story collections and, a memoir and many articles and essays. Her books have received many awards, including the Cheltenham Prize and the Sunday Express Book of the Year awardthe book of the year award from “Sunday Express.”. In 2009 she received the Man Booker Prize for her book “Wolf Hall”, and. Three years later, in 2012, she won the award again for the sequel in thate trilogy “Bring Up the Bodies”. The books were adapted for theatre and television in England and became bestsellers in England. In 2014 she published her short story collection “The Assassination of Margret Thatcher”. The third book in the trilogy about the life of Thomas Cromwell, “The Mirror and the Light” is set to be published in 2015.