Hilary Mantel (© WENN Ltd./Alamy Stock Photo)

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Hilary Mantel

While writing Wolf Hall, her tenth novel, Hilary Mantel created a card catalogue organized by character that contained notes about where each historical figure was on any given date. The book won the Man Booker in 2009; its sequel, Bring Up the Bodies, won the same prize three years later. “I only became a novelist because I thought I had missed my chance to become a historian,” said Mantel in 2015. “So it began as second best.”

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