Hilary Mantel wins Booker Prize for 'Bring Up the Bodies'

hilary-mantel-bring-up-the-bodies-booker-prize-gi.jpgEnglish author Hilary Mantel has done it again. The "Bring Up the Bodies" writer won the Man Booker Prize for fiction Tuesday (Oct. 16) for a second time.

Per the Associated Press, Mantel took the award in 2009 for "Wolf Hall" and is the first woman -- and the first British author -- to win the prestigious award twice.

Mantel's Tudor saga "Bring Up the Bodies" is also the first sequel to win the Booker. Both of Mantel's prize-winning books are parts of a trilogy about Thomas Cromwell, the chief minister to King Henry VIII.  

"You wait 20 years for a Booker Prize, and two come along at once," Mantel says while accepting the award in London. "I regard this as an act of faith and a vote of confidence."

The head of the Booker judging panel says Mantel's latest winning tome has "rewritten the book" on historical fiction.