The Booker prize-triumphing writer of the Wolf Hall trilogy, Dame Hilary Mantel, has died elderly 70, her publisher HarperCollins has showed.

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Mantel was regarded as one of the greatest English-language novelists of this century, winning the Booker Prize twice

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for Wolf Hall and its sequel, Bring Up the Bodies, which also won the 2012 Costa book of the year.

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HarperCollins confirmed she had died on Thursday “suddenly yet peacefully”, surrounded by close family and friends.

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When asked by the Financial Times earlier this month whether she believed in an afterlife, Mantel said she did, but that she could not imagine how it might work

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Bill Hamilton, who was Mantel’s agent throughout her career, said it had been “the greatest privilege” to work with the writer.

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“Emails from Hilary were sprinkled with bon mots and jokes as she observed the world with relish and pounced on the lazy or absurd and nailed cruelty and prejudice,” he added.

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To date the Wolf Hall trilogy has sold more than five million copies worldwide and has been translated into 41 languages.

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Mantel was born in Glossop, Derbyshire on 6 July 1952. She studied law at the London School of Economics and Sheffield University, and went on to become a social work assistant in a geriatric hospital.

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