DAVID BIANCULLI, BYLINE: Hilary Mantel has completed two-thirds of her "Wolf Hall" trilogy, focusing on Cromwell and the reign of Henry VIII. Readers are awaiting the third and final volume. The first two books, "Wolf Hall" and "Bring Up The Bodies," both received Britain's most coveted literary award, the Man Booker Prize. In the U.S., "Wolf Hall" also won the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction. And not only have her first two books been made into a new TV series, they've also been adapted into a highly acclaimed London stage play, which is in previews now in the U.S. It opens officially on Broadway on April 9. Hilary Mantel lives in England. She spoke with Terry Gross in 2012.
Hilary Mantel, welcome to FRESH AIR and congratulations on your second Man Booker Prize. It's quite an accomplishment.