Hilary Mantel was born in England in 1952. She lived in Africa and in Saudi Arabia for a few years with her husband, a geologist. She has written twelve novels, two short story collections, a memoir, as well as many articles and essays. Her books have received many awards, including the Cheltenham Prize and the Sunday Express Book of the Year Award. In 2009 she received the Man Booker Prize for her book, Wolf Hall. Three years later, in 2012, she won the Man Booker Award again for the sequel in the trilogy, Bring Up the Bodies. The books were adapted for theater and television in England and became bestsellers. In 2014 she published her short story collection, The Assassination of Margret Thatcher. The third volume in the trilogy about the life of Thomas Cromwell, The Mirror and the Light, is set to be published in near future.