As predicted, Hilary Mantel’s historical novel Wolf Hall won Britain’s prestigious Man Booker Prize, it was announced today at an awards dinner in London. The book, which will be published in the U.S. on Oct. 13 by Henry Holt, is a sympathetic portrait of Henry VIII’s chief minister Thomas Cromwell, a Tudor-era figure who is often portrayed as less than heroic (most notably in Robert Bolt’s 1961 play about Thomas More, A Man for All Seasons). “Hilary Mantel has given us a thoroughly modern novel set in the 16th century,” said James Naughtie, chair of the judges for the Man Booker. “Wolf Hall has a vast narrative sweep that gleams on every page with luminous and mesmerising detail.” Mantel, a first-time Man Booker winner, collects £50,000 for the prize, along with the promise of a major sales boost. She reportedly spent five years writing the novel, and is now at work on a sequel. The only downside for Mantel: Adaptation of her book as a Showtime series seems highly unlikely.