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Actors Ben Miles (as Thomas Cromwell) and Lydia Leonard (as Anne Boleyn) perform in an adaptation of Hilary Mantel's books "Wolf Hall" and "Bring Up the Bodies" during a photocall at the Aldwych Theatre in London May 15, 2014. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

Actors Ben Miles (as Thomas Cromwell) and Lydia Leonard (as Anne Boleyn) perform in an adaptation of Hilary Mantel's books "Wolf Hall" and "Bring Up the Bodies" during a photocall at the Aldwych Theatre in London May 15, 2014. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor ...more

Actors Ben Miles (as Thomas Cromwell) and Lydia Leonard (as Anne Boleyn) perform in an adaptation of Hilary Mantel's books "Wolf Hall" and "Bring Up the Bodies" during a photocall at the Aldwych Theatre in London May 15, 2014. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor
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Author Hilary Mantel reacts as she makes a joke while accepting her award for the overall prize for her book "Bring up the Bodies" at the Costa Book Awards in central London, January 29, 2013. Mantel won the award for best overall book.  REUTERS/Andrew Winning

Author Hilary Mantel reacts as she makes a joke while accepting her award for the overall prize for her book "Bring up the Bodies" at the Costa Book Awards in central London, January 29, 2013. Mantel won the award for best overall book. ...more

Author Hilary Mantel reacts as she makes a joke while accepting her award for the overall prize for her book "Bring up the Bodies" at the Costa Book Awards in central London, January 29, 2013. Mantel won the award for best overall book. REUTERS/Andrew Winning
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