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Wolf Hall UK's favourite historical novel

13/01/2020 6:18 AM
Wolf Hall UK's favourite historical novel

Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall has been named the UK’s favourite historical novel via a poll conducted by the Walter Scott Prize. 

The first book in the Thomas Cromwell trilogy, Wolf Hall was released in 2009 to great critical acclaim. It won a number of awards, including the 2009 Man Booker Prize and the Walter Scott Prize.

The public poll found the second favourite historical novel to be The Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff, which was released in 1954. Third place went to The Game of Kings by Dorothy Dunnet, from 1961.

The poll was launched in November of last year to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Walter Scott Prize. Members of the public were asked to nominate their favourite historical novels.

Out of hundreds of nominations, a shortlist of 10 was drawn up and put to public vote.

Wolf Hall was the first book to ever win the Walter Scott Prize, making it a fitting winner for their anniversary celebration.

The novel and its sequel, Bring Up the Bodies, were adapted for stage and screen in the UK. Fans of the series are eagerly awaiting the final book in the trilogy, The Mirror and the Light, which is due for a March release this year.

Co-founder and judge of the prize, Duchess Elizabeth Buccleuch said she was ‘delighted’ that readers had chosen Wolf Hall as their favourite.

‘And what a wonderful coincidence that the top three books in our poll are by women,’ she added.