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Hilary Mantel wins the 2012 Man Booker Prize

2012 Man Booker winner Hilary Mantel with Bring Up The Bodies (photo credit Janie Airey)

The Man Booker Prize has always been one of the highlights of the Four Colman Getty year and this October has been no exception.The night before the winner announcement saw all six shortlisted writers on the stage of Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall where they read and discussed their work. As if the enthusiastic audience of over 1400 was not enough, this year we partnered with Picturehouse Cinemas to take this special event to 36 cinemas around the country. From Edinburgh to the Isle of Wight followers of the prize could experience the event live via satellite and even send in their questions for the writers via twitter.The following evening Hilary Mantel made prize history when she was announced as the 2012 winner for Bring Up The Bodies at the glamorous awards dinner at the Guildhall in London in front of over 500 guests. Not only was she the first British writer to win twice but also the first woman to win with a first and second novel.The announcement generated wall-to-wall coverage in the nationals, making front-page news in The Times, Daily Telegraph, The Independent and The Guardian. Hilary spent the following day at Four’s offices being interviewed by all the national newspapers, having first started the morning talking to James Naughtie on the Today Programme. BBC Breakfast and Sky News Sunrise also covered the story and an interview with Krishnan Guru-Murthy ran on the Channel 4 News.

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