The publishing and screen worlds paid tribute to author Hilary Mantel, who died Thursday, September 22 at the age of 70.
Peter Kosminsky, who directed the BBC adaptation of Mantel’s “Wolf Hall” novel, said Variety“A great light has gone out. The word “awesome” is used very easily these days, but no one can argue that it is an apt epithet for Dame Hilary Mantel. If you look at the breadth of her accomplishments, the impact she has had, the breadth of her knowledge and reading… She is someone people have come to for thoughts and opinions on a variety of novels and non-fiction works. People recognized her for the massive intellect that she was. It’s hard to imagine a world without her.
Colin Callender, Producer of ‘Wolf Hall’ added: “Hilary was a brilliant iconoclast and a captivating storyteller. With ‘Wolf Hall’, she reinvents the traditional historical novel. She made the story personal and with her use of the present tense in the “Wolf Hall” trilogy, the reader is no longer just a retrospective witness to events – the reader becomes a part of the drama as it unfolds. unfolds. You are in the room with the characters – not bringing the perspective of historical hindsight but with the immediacy of being in the moment. We honored that by bringing his work to the screen. It was a great privilege to work with her.
BBC content manager Charlotte Moore also paid tribute, telling Variety“The remarkable talent of Dame Hilary Mantel, and the incredible impact she had on literature and the arts, will never be forgotten. Whether on television with “Wolf Hall”, or on radio with her novels and The Reith Lectures, it has always been a privilege to work with her. Our thoughts are with his loved ones at this incredibly sad time. »
The publishing world has also paid tribute to the author, who wrote twelve novels during his career in addition to a memoir and numerous articles and short stories. Jonny Geller, CEO of the Curtis Brown Group, wrote: “A deep and deep loss for readers and the publishing community. Few authors had such reach and control over his subjects. It will be read and enjoyed for many years.
JK Rowling simply tweeted, “We’ve lost a genius” while ‘Chocolate’ author Joanne Harris wrote, “Such sad news, and such a loss to the literary world.”
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