The best-selling author of the Wolf Hall trilogy, Dame Hilary Mantel, passed away at the age of 70, according to her publisher.

For the 2009 novel Wolf Hall, the first in the Thomas Cromwell series, and its 2012 sequel Bring Up the Bodies, she was awarded the Booker Prize twice.

Her publisher released the following statement: "We are devastated by the passing of Dame Hilary Mantel, our dearly loved author.

Our thoughts are with her loved ones, especially her husband Gerald, and her friends.

We can only be thankful that she left us with such a beautiful piece of work in light of her tragic passing.

According to HarperCollins, Dame Hilary passed away on Thursday "suddenly yet quietly" while being surrounded by loved ones.

Thomas Cromwell's rise to prominence in the court of Henry VIII was the subject of the novel Wolf Hall.

The Mirror and the Light received a lot of positive reviews when it was released in 2020.

became a best-seller in the fiction category and was nominated for the 2020 Booker Prize.

The trilogy has been translated into 41 languages and has sold more than five million copies worldwide.

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