Announced moments ago at a ceremony in London's medieval Guildhall, the Man Booker winner for 2012 is Hilary Mantel's Bring Up the Bodies [Kindle], the sequel to her Booker winning Wolf Hall. She is the first woman and the first British author to win two Bookers.
The other finalists were:
Deborah Levy, Swimming Home
Will Self, Umbrella
The judges were Dinah Birch, Amanda Foreman, Dan Stevens, Bharat Tandon, and chair Peter Stothard.