Hilary Mantel’s novel Wolf Hall has won the 2009 Man Booker Prize for Fiction . The novel explores the life of Thomas Cromwell, who became an advisor to Henry VIII.

In a recent interview, Mantel discusses her belief that being a writer means constantly changing your writing as you change as a person:

“Your relation to the world alters, and so does your mental landscape, the things that interest you, the things you know...I can't see how people manage to produce a homogenous body of work. I have no ambitions in that direction. There are themes that keep re-emerging, but they are in themselves themes of rebirth, revolution, transformation.”