Hilary Mantel has won two Booker prizes for her Henry VIII-era historical novels, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. The New York Times featured her in its May 16, 2013 By the Book interview. We’ll discuss that interview and Mandel’s work in today’s MediaMonday. Here’s a excerpt:

[NY Times] What’s the best thing about writing a book?

[Hilary Mantel] The moment, at about the three-quarter point, where you see your way right through to the end: as if lights had flooded an unlit road. But the pleasure is double-edged, because from this point you’re going to work inhuman hours, not caring about your health or your human relationships; you’re just going to head down that road like a charging bull.

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