Man Booker Prize
Britain’s novelist Hilary Mantel won the 2009 Man Booker Prize. Mantel received 50,000 pounds as prize money for her novel ‘Wolf Hall’. The novel is set in the 1520s and tells the story of Thomas Cromwell's rapid rise to power in the Tudor court of King Henry VIII. The Man Booker Prize for Fiction, first awarded in 1969, promotes the finest in fiction by rewarding the very best book of the year. Other writers who made the short list this year were A. S. Byatt, J. M. Coetzee, Adam Foulds, Simon Mawer and Sarah Waters.