Mantel receives damehood

Mantel receives damehood

Hilary Mantel received a damehood for her services to literature from the Prince of Wales in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace today (6th February).

It was announced Mantel would receive the honour last June in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

The damehood follows a CBE awarded to Mantel in 2006.

The Wolf Hall author said at the time that she was “delighted” to receive the honour. “I see it not so much as a reward for the past, more as encouragement for the future.... I hope it will please the many people who have helped, guided and encouraged me over a writing career of some 30 years,” she said.

Mantel, who is originally from Derbyshire, had her first novel, Every Day is Mother's Day (Harper Perennial), published in 1985. She has since gone on to win the Man Booker Prize in both 2009 and 2012 for the first two volumes in her historical fiction trilogy about Thomas Cromwell, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies (both Fourth Estate).

Wolf Hall has been adapted into a mini-series starring Mark Rylance, which is currently airing on BBC Two.