According to the judges, “Her resuscitation of Thomas Crowell – and with him the historical novel – is one of the great achievements of modern literature.” [Yes, they wrote "Crowell" instead of "Cromwell". Heh.] It’s Mantel’s second Booker in a row, after winning in 2009 with Wolf Hall, the first part of the Thomas Cromwell trilogy. Shall we pencil in the Booker already for whatever year part 3 comes out?
The other finalists were: