Dame Hilary Mantel: Booker Prize winning novelist dies aged 70

Booker Prize winning novelist Dame Hilary Mantel has died aged 70.Best known for her best-selling historical trilogy about the life of Thomas Cromwell, she won the Booker twice - for Wolf Hall and its sequel Bring Up the Bodies.

The books were filmed for TV and became a hit West End show.

Dame Hilary’s death was announced on Friday by her literary agents, A.M. Heath and publishers Harper Collins, who said she “died suddenly yet peacefully yesterday, surrounded by close family and friends”.