Wolf Hall

Wolf Hall 3

Winner of the Man Booker Prize

by Hilary Mantel

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 01/04/2010

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Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2009

'Lock Cromwell in a deep dungeon in the morning,' says Thomas More, 'and when you come back that night he'll be sitting on a plush cushion eating larks' tongues, and all the gaolers will owe him money.'

England, the 1520s. Henry VIII is on the throne, but has no heir. Cardinal Wolsey is his chief advisor, charged with securing the divorce the pope refuses to grant. Into this atmosphere of distrust and need comes Thomas Cromwell, first as Wolsey's clerk, and later his successor.

Cromwell is a wholly original man: the son of a brutal blacksmith, a political genius, a briber, a charmer, a bully, a man with a delicate and deadly expertise in manipulating people and events. Ruthless in pursuit of his own interests, he is as ambitious in his wider politics as he is for himself. His reforming agenda is carried out in the grip of a self-interested parliament and a king who fluctuates between romantic passions and murderous rages.

From one of our finest living writers, 'Wolf Hall' is that very rare thing: a truly great English novel, one that explores the intersection of individual psychology and wider politics. With a vast array of characters, and richly overflowing with incident, it peels back history to show us Tudor England as a half-made society, moulding itself with great passion, suffering and courage.

ISBN:
9780007230204
9780007230204
Category:
Historical fiction
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
01-04-2010
Language:
English
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
688
Dimensions (mm):
198x129x42mm
Weight:
0.48kg
Hilary Mantel

Dame Hilary Mary Mantel, DBE FRSL  is an English writer whose work includes personal memoirs, short stories, and historical fiction.
She has twice been awarded the Booker Prize, the first for the 2009 novel Wolf Hall, a fictional account of Thomas Cromwell's rise to power in the court of Henry VIII, and the second for the 2012 novel Bring Up the Bodies, the second instalment of the Cromwell trilogy. Mantel was the first woman to receive the award twice.
 The third instalment to the trilogy, The Mirror and the Light, is in progress.

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  • Just brilliant

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    I fell into this book, and regretted having to read the last page. Fortunately Bring Up the Bodies was available (the sequel) to console me. If England at the time on Henry VIII interests you DO NOT overlook this book. Hilary Mantel has created an astonishingly credible and yet sympathetic novel about Thomas Cromwell and the dangerous times in which he lived (and influenced).

  • Wolf Hall

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    The writing style seems unusual to start with, but I couldn't put it down once I adjusted to it.

    This woman is a genius!

  • Wolf Hall

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    A marvelous historical story set in England during that interesting time when Henry VIII wanted to marry Anna Boleyn and divorce his first wife.



    It is told entirely from the viewpoint of Thomas Cromwell. A person you'll get to know well.



    Beautifully, beautifully descriptive. I could clearly imagine the people and their clothes for instance.



    One of the best books I've read in a long while.