Devon author Hilary Mantel up for third major book award
Devon author Hilary Mantel is in line to be the first person to win all three UK major book prizes after being nominated for the Woman's Prize For Fiction.
The Budleigh Salterton based author’s novel, Bring Up The Bodies, has been nominated and is up againts 19 other titles.
Mantel won the Booker Prize last year and also received the Costa Book of the Year in January.
The Women's Prize for Fiction - formerly the Orange Prize - is now in its 18th year.
The award has been funded privately this year by donors including Cherie Blair, entrepreneur Martha Lane Fox and author Joanna Trollop after Orange ended their 17-year sponsorship deal.
Other previous winners of the prize, include Lionel Shriver for We Need to Talk about Kevin (2005), Marilynne Robinson for Home (2009) and Tea Obreht for The Tiger's Wife (2011).
The shortlist will be announced on 16 April with the winner announced at a ceremony at the Royal Festival Hall in London.