Gerald McEwen - Updated Jul 2024

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Gerald McEwen

Gerald McEwen is a former geologist and celebrity husband. Gerald McEwen is known as the husband of Hilary Mantel, a British writer.

Early Life

Gerald McEwen was born in the United States of America. Moreover, he holds American nationality. There is not much known regarding his exact birth date, birthplace, ethnicity, zodiac sign, and ethnicity. Looking at him, he seems to be in his mid-70s. However, it is not exactly confirmed.

Similarly, it is unclear when it comes to his family background, such as his parents, siblings, profession, and childhood life. McEwen is quite secretive about his family and has not shared anything with the public or media. In addition, he might reveal his family information in the following.

McEwen seems to be a well-educated person. He may have completed his early education at a local high school in the United States. Later, this man might have enrolled at a local university and received a degree from there.

Professional Career

Talking about his professional career, Gerald McEwen was a geologist. Moreover, he later left his profession and started assisting his wife in her thriving career. He rose to fame as the husband of an English author, Hilary Mantel.

Hilary Mantel

Hilary Mantel is a late British writer whose work includes historical fiction, personal memoirs, and short stories. Initially, she was a social worker at a geriatric hospital and then worked as a sales assistant in a department store.

She published her first novel titled “Every Day Is Mother’s Day” in the year 1985. The next year, she published its sequel, “Vacant Possession” in 1986.

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Caption: Hilary Mantel a British author (Source: The Canberra Times)

Moreover, she wrote an essay for the British Magazine ‘The Spectator’ in the year 1987 and is about her experiences in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia. She worked as a film critic and magazine or book reviewer for ‘The Spectator,’ from 1987 to 1991. In 1988, she published another novel “Eight Months on Ghazzah Street”(a political thriller charged with a sense of extreme cultural conflict). The next year, her novel “Fludd” (a fanciful religious mystery) won the ‘Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize.

In the year 1992, she published “A Place of Greater Safety” a novel about the French Revolution. She published a novel about British missionaries in South Africa titled “A Change of Climate” in the year 1994.

Publishing other novels

She published another novel “An Experiment in Love” in 1995 and won the Hawthornden Prize. In the year 1998, she published the novel “The Giant, O’Brien” which is based on the true story of the Irish giant, Charles Byrne (or O’Brien).

She published the novel named “Beyond Black” in the year 2005, and was shortlisted for the 2006 Orange Prize for Fiction. In the year 2009, she published a historical novel “Wolf Hall” which is a sympathetic fictionalized biography documenting the rapid rise to power of Thomas Cromwell in the court of Henry VIII through to the death of Sir Thomas More. The novel became an international bestseller and was honored with the Man Booker Prize.

She published “Bring Up the Bodies” the sequel to Wolf Hall was published in the year 2012. She published the third novel of the Thomas Cromwell trilogy, named “The Mirror and the Light” which covers the last four years of Cromwell’s life, in the year 2020.


McEwen has not yet earned any major awards or recognition in his career as of now. However, his wife as a writer has won several awards and honors. His wife, Hilary won the ‘Cheltenham Prize’ and ‘Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize’ for her novel “Fludd” in the year 1990. Later, she won the  ‘Sunday Express Book of the Year’ for her novel “A Place of Greater Safety”  in the year 1992. Similarly, she earned the  ‘Hawthornden Prize’ for her novel “An Experiment in Love” in the year 1996. She won the ‘MIND Book of the Year,’ award for her memoir novel “Giving Up the Ghost” in the year 2003.

“Man Booker Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award” (2009), “Walter Scott Prize” (2010), “Specsavers National Book Awards” (2012), “British Academy President’s Medal” (2016),  “Kenyon Review Award” (2016) and many others are some of her major achievement and awards.

Gerald McEwen – Net Worth 2023

According to an online website, Gerald McEwen’s net worth is around $500,000 while his annual salary and expenses are still unknown at the moment. His late wife, Hilary’s net worth was estimated at around $1 million to $5 million at the time of her death.

Relationship Status

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Caption: Gerald McEwen with his wife, Hilary Mantel (Source: The Times)

Gerald McEwen is a married man and married his wife Hilary Mantel in the year 1972. However, the couple divorced in 1981 but that wasn’t the end of their story though, because they were re-married in 1982.

With marriage, the couple doesn’t have any children because Hilary had suffered from severe endometriosis and the treatment has left her unable to bear children. Sadly, his wife, Hilary died on 22 September 2022, aged 70, at a hospital in Exeter from complications of a stroke that occurred three days earlier.

Body Measurements

Gerald McEwen has grey hair with a blue pair of eyes color. Other than this, there is not much known related to his height, weight, dress size, shoe size, and many others.

Social Media

This former geologist is not active on social media platforms such as Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. It seems the celebrity husband likes to keep a low profile and live a private life.