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Tale of Henry's favourite is a winner with the bookies – and the Booker

Publié par Clifford Armion le 10/07/2009

Arifa Akbar

"Bookmakers had predicted her victory as a near certainty, but some were less convinced. As previous contestants have all too painfully learned, being a frontrunner for the Man Booker Prize can amount to little more than a kiss of death ahead of judgement night.

"But last night, Hilary Mantel proved the doubters wrong. Wolf Hall, her epic historical tome about Thomas Cromwell, adviser to Henry VIII, had been the clear frontrunner for weeks and was a deserving winner of the £50,000 prize.

"Mantel, 57, from Derbyshire, who has served as a Booker judge herself, said she had feared that her book's popularity could work against her in the end. "Having been a judge in 1990, I know anything can happen in that final meeting. I know being the favourite can weigh on the judges, and it can work in the opposite way," she said."

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" Tale of Henry's favourite is a winner with the bookies – and the Booker", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), juillet 2009. Consulté le 30/09/2020. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/tale-of-henry-s-favourite-is-a-winner-with-the-bookies-and-the-booker