The 2012 Man Booker Prize for Fiction has been won by
Hilary Mantel for Bring up the Bodies
Winning the prize "raises the temperature of your writing", says the 1991 winner Ben Okri - surely it couldn't go much higher!
May I recommend this interview with Hilary Mantel, and its observation on her writing process:
"She writes the books in collage – distinct, hermetic scenes that she then arranges and rearranges and stitches together to make a whole, though the overall architecture is always in her mind and she has the chronology to lean on. History is useful like that."