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Hilary Mantel wins Man Booker Prize

British author Hilary Mantel Tuesday won the Man Booker Prize for the second time for her best-selling novel 'Bring Up The Bodies'.

She beat five other shortlisted titles including Will Self's 'Umbrella', which was the bookmakers' favourite, reports said.

Hilary Mantel
British author Hilary Mantel poses for pictures after winning the 2012 Man Booker literary prize for her novel 'Bring Up The Bodies' in London on October 16, 2012 (Pic-AFP)

Mantel (60) received a cheque for 50,000 pounds at the event at Guildhall, London.

'Bring Up The Bodies' chronicles the downfall of Anne Boleyn through the eyes of Thomas Cromwell, chief minister to Henry VIII.

Peter Stothard, chairman of the judges, hailed Mantel as "the greatest English prose writer" of modern times.

Only two writers have won the prize twice before, JM Coetzee and Peter Carey, who hail from South Africa and Australia respectively.

Mantel last won the prize in 2009 for her novel 'Wolf Hall'. Over 100,000 copies of 'Bring Up The Bodies' have been sold so far in Britain.

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