»It is a wonderful read and an exhilarating experiment, all wrapped up in a prose style that has a simplicity and precision that would make both Jane Austen and George Orwell whoop with joy. It is brilliant news that it has won the prize.«
Kate Atkinson’s Costa Novel award for Life After Life shows that great writing can also be entertaining, says Sarah Crompton. Her view at The Telegraph.
»In this way she weaves her magnificent tapestry, that feels solid to the touch, but is spun of fairy thread. It is a staggering achievement – and one which I hope will bring her an unprecedented Man Booker prize for a sequel when the results are announced on October 16.«
Sarah Crompton on Hilary Mantel’s novel Bring Up the Bodies. Her accolade about Mantel’s imaginary life of Thomas Cromwell you will find at telegraph.co.uk.