London, October 07 (ANI): Hilary Mantel has won the Man Booker Prize for her novel, 'Wolf Hall'.
The book set in 1520s narrates the story of Henry VIII's adviser Thomas Cromwell's rise in the Tudor court.
The 57-year-old author, from Glossop, Derbyshire beat Sarah Waters, AS Byatt and JM Coetzee to win the prize- who could have been the first person to win the prize three times.
The literary director of the Booker Prizes Ion Trewin revealed that Mantel won by a secret narrow majority vote of three to two but added it was not an unusual divide.
Bookmaker William Hill had earlier ranked the tome with odds-on favourite to win the award at 10/11 - the shortest odds it has ever given a book to win the prize, reports the Daily Express.
UK publishing figures claim 48,000 copies Wolf Hall have been already sold.
Mantel took five years to complete the book and is now working on a sequel. (ANI)