Hilary Mantel

Why Not Just Admit It's Fiction?

Susan Bordo | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Susan Bordo

Mantel understood that her More, like her Cromwell and her Anne, reflects cultural projections and agendas no less than Bolt's. "All historical fiction is really contemporary fiction," she told me, "We always write from our own time."

Lessons on Defeat and Empire Building in Wolf Hall: how to be fired and come out smiling (or not)

Malory Nye | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Malory Nye

That was over three years ago, and during that time the descent into the mental and physical decline that finished Wolsey has felt very familiar. Indeed, I am just a few years younger than Wolsey was at the time of his removal from office.

'Kate Middleton Is Too Thin & Has A B**tard Of A Job'

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK

Internationally renowned feminist Germaine Greer has criticised the Duchess of Cambridge for being “too thin”. Greer was being interviewed as ...

Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall Takes to the Stage

Victoria Sadler | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

The stage adaptation of Wolf Hall is extraordinary. It's dark, absorbing, full of intrigue and historical detail. Yet it is also pacey, at times even funny. And incredibly it even feels modern and fresh.

Hollywood Stars, Eurosceptics And A Long-Snubbed Scientist

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.06.2014 | UK

An inspirational cancer sufferer, a controversial scientist, Winston Churchill's grandson and a clutch of Hollywood stars have been honoured on the Qu...

Hilary Mantel Still Thinks Kate Is A 'Plastic Princess'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.05.2014 | UK

Hilary Mantel has said the public outcry and media reaction to her comments about the Duchess of Cambridge last year are a sign that Britain is becomi...

Novelist A.M Homes Wins The Women's Prize For Fiction 2013

The Huffington Post UK | Matthew Tucker | Posted 08.06.2013 | UK Entertainment

The winner of the Women's Prize for Fiction 2013 is A.M Homes for her novel May We Be Forgiven. The author collected her 'Bessie’ award statue an...

Baileys Women's Fiction Prize: Another Landmark in Literary Sexism

Polly Courtney | Posted 04.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Polly Courtney

Fiction is one of the few walks of life where gender doesn't matter. In the real world, we are judged on our looks, our voice, our stance. In board rooms we struggle to make ourselves heard. On construction sites we are ogled. Books are genderless products that can be enjoyed by men and women regardless of what chromosomes the author happens to have.

‘Unambitious, Bland...Kate Middleton Is Queen Wag': Duchess Of Cambridge Attacked By Feminist Author

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 22.05.2013 | UK

The Duchess of Cambridge is under fire once more – this time suffering a mauling at the hands of a prominent human rights activist. Joan Smith d...

Hilary Mantel Nominated For Third Major Book Prize In One Year

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.05.2013 | UK Entertainment

Novelist Hilary Mantel could become the first person to win all three major book prizes after Bring Up The Bodies was nominated for the Woman's Prize ...

Kate Has Opinions, It's Just We're Not Listening

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 11.03.2013 | UK

Poor Kate Middleton has come under fire of late. Hilary Mantel described the Duchess of Cambridge as a "machine-made plastic princess" and now com...

Bitch! Part Two

David McAlmont | Posted 10.05.2013 | UK Entertainment
David McAlmont

I send Simon Price a message to verify if he identifies as straight; he does, but adds that he is "culturally queer." That'll do. He says I'm "Wide of the mark" to call Hilary Mantel's remarks bitchy. Why? "Because it demeans the valid points she made and implies that her remarks were made with personal malice, when her beef wasn't personal."

Hilary Mantel Defends Kate 'Criticism'

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.05.2013 | UK Entertainment

Award-winning novelist Hilary Mantel has defended describing the Duchess of Cambridge as a "shop-window mannequin" whose only purpose is to breed, say...

Bitch! Part One

David McAlmont | Posted 07.05.2013 | UK Entertainment
David McAlmont

I scrutinize and listen to Mantel's speech: sure, she implicates the media at points, but at others she indubitably speaks for herself. Mantel is merciless, reducing the star-crossed queen's bungled escape to a risible farce of preposterous wigs.

Why the Public Love a Scandal

James Willstrop | Posted 04.05.2013 | UK Sport
James Willstrop

The public loves a scandal and always has. Philosopher F.H Bradley claimed that 'there are persons who, when they cease to shock us, cease to interest us'. True that may sound, but presently the media cultivates two types of story: one which is scandalous and one which is intolerably dull.

Funny Tweets Of The Week: Hilary Mantel, The Brits And More

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.02.2013 | UK Comedy

What a week! And it all kicked off - literally - with the Daily Mail headline 'HILARY MENTAL'. Which in turn led to David Cameron and Ed Miliband wadi...

The Strange Death of Liberal England

Alastair Roderick | Posted 23.04.2013 | UK Politics
Alastair Roderick

I recently wrote on this site that, in reference to the recently published photos of the Duchess of Cambridge, pregnant and on holiday, that '...our morbid fascination with this bizarre, ordinary family invests them with a sort of inverted dignity just by them doing and saying nothing of real consequence.' I didn't expect such a vivid illustration to present itself so soon.

Mantel-gate Isn't About Kate Middleton

Philippa Warr | Posted 22.04.2013 | UK Entertainment
Philippa Warr

If you stop and think for a moment, this whole thing isn't really about Kate Middleton. Sure, she's the focus of this round, but you're noticing it because she's ubiquitous enough that everyone feels they can give an opinion and because it involves talking about women's bodies and women's representations in the media.

Hilary Mantel, Royal Bodies, And Women Who Speak for Themselves

Olivia Rudgard | Posted 21.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Olivia Rudgard

In a chorus that has chirruped on since the dawn of time, the world united to shut Mantel up. Some of the nastier comments on her facebook page were painful in their venom. Tweets called her rude, and admonished her with patronising clichés like 'If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all'.

Duchess Of Cambridge Admits 'I'm Nervous About Giving Birth'

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 19.02.2013 | UK

The Duchess of Cambridge admitted she's "nervous" about giving birth as she visited a south London addiction charity on Tuesday. The 31-year-old w...

None of Us Know 'The Real Kate'

Bill Coles | Posted 21.04.2013 | UK Entertainment
Bill Coles

Kate faces the same problem that every other royal faces when they're out in public. The very moment that they step out of line, say something a little risque or a little daring, then get absolutely pilloried. So for the past decade, Kate has been absolutely squeaky clean.

Hilary Mantel 'Completely Wrong' For Kate Middleton Comments, Says David Cameron

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.02.2013 | UK Politics

David Cameron has described novelist Hilary Mantel's comments about the Duchess of Cambridge as "completely misguided and completely wrong". The pr...

Jessica Elgot

10 Reasons Why Hilary Mantel Might Be Right About Kate Middleton

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 20.02.2013 | UK

Hilary Mantel's piece contains some harsh words about the Duchess of Cambridge, but lost in the media furore over phrases like "plastic princess" and ...

Duchess Responds To 'Mannequin' Comments By Refusing To Talk

The Huffington Post UK | Andrea Mann | Posted 20.02.2013 | UK Comedy

The Duchess of Cambridge has not hit back at novelist Hilary Mantel. The Booker Prize winner had described Kate Middleton as a "shop window mannequ...

Pregnant Duchess Of Cambridge Visits Addiction Charity (PICTURES)

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 21.04.2013 | UK

The Duchess of Cambridge visited a South London rehab centre on Tuesday to meet and speak to women recovering from addiction. The mother-to-be, who...