Writer could make it a novel hat-trick

Novelist Hilary Mantel could become the first person to win all three major book prizes after Bring Up The Bodies was nominated for the Women’s Prize For Fiction.

Now her acclaimed historical sequel Bring Up The Bodies, part of a trilogy charting the rise and fall of Thomas Cromwell, is in the running for the Women’s Prize, formerly known as the Orange Prize.

White Teeth author Zadie Smith has also been longlisted for the gong, now in its 18th year, for London-set NW, the British writer’s fourth novel.

If she wins, Smith will become the first person to do so twice, after winning the £30,000 (€34,300) gong for On Beauty in 2006.

US writer Barbara Kingsolver could also take the same record with Flight Behaviour, her eighth novel, after The Lacuna won in 2010.

Kitty Aldridge is also in the running with her third novel.

The writer, married to Dire Straits star Mark Knopfler, is nominated for A Trick I Learned From Dead Men.

The youngest author on the list is 25-year-old Israeli Shani Boianjiu with The People Of Forever Are Not Afraid, based on her national service in Israeli Defence Force.

Ros Barber’s The Marlowe Papers is the first novel written in verse to make the list for the prize.

The Women’s Prize For Fiction is awarded for fiction written in English by women throughout the world.

The shortlist is announced on April 16 and the winner on June 5.

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