I must admit, I'm not surprised that Mantel won again-I think she's incomparably brilliant (though yes I'm biased toward the subject matter) and clearly the heavyweight among the shortlisted authors. Only Eng had even been in the running before, and Will Self's Umbrella isn't even available in the US yet!
Still, I am so so excited and need to finish Bring Up the Bodies as soon as I possibly can, after I get out from under this pile of graduate reading...
And, combining my two favorite artistic genres:
Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies are going to be stage plays AND a BBC costume drama!
Get me to London, quick!