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Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell in the BBC adaptation of Wolf Hall

Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall propagates the myth that Britain became great once it had ditched Catholicism

Hilary Mantel (PA)

Fashions have changed meaning literature and the Church are no longer comfortable bedfellows

Hilary Mantel is the first British writer to win the Man Booker Prize twice (Photo: PA)

Congratulations to Hilary Mantel

The twice-winner of the Man Booker Prize has found new riches in the otherwise exhausted seam of Tudor history