I was delighted to wake up this morning to the news that Hilary Mantel was the winner of the 2012 Man Booker Prize for Bring Up the Bodies.
There has been a lot of media speculation over the past week or so with most commentors agreeing that they (the Man Booker Prize people) rarely give out a second Booker and certainly not one for a second book in a series.
I struggled with these observations.
Surely if the book is good enough then it shouldn't matter if it was a second win or a series. Surely the Man Booker Prize is awarded to the best book of the year!
Thanks to Bring Up the Bodies this was never going to be like this years Pulitzer nominations where they couldn't pick a clear cut winner.
I haven't read any of the short-list this year - the Classics challenge has diverted my reading attentions elsewhere! So I cannot tell you how the other five books compared to Bring Up the Bodies.
All I can relate is how much I enjoyed both Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies.
Mantel not only writes absorbing, engaging, intellectual stories, but she is also popular across a wide range of readers.
So bravo! Man Booker for picking the popular favourite.
Bravo! for picking someone who has already won a Booker.
Bravo! for selecting the first female two times Booker winner.
Bravo! for selecting the second book in a series.
My faith in the whole award malarcky has been restored...for now!