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ISBN: 9780008366704

Wolf Hall Trilogy Mirror & The Light

by: Hilary Mantel

Shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2020 Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2020 The long-awaited sequel to Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, the stunning conclusion to Hilary Mantel’s Man Booker Prize-winning Wolf Hall trilogy. ‘A masterpiece’ Guardian ‘It is a book not read, but lived’ Telegraph ‘Her Cromwell novels are, for my money, the greatest English novels of this century’ Observer ‘If you cannot speak truth at a beheading, when can you speak it?’ England, May 1536. Anne Boleyn is dead, decapitated in the space of a heartbeat by a hired French executioner. As her remains are bundled into oblivion, Thomas Cromwell breakfasts with the victors. The blacksmith’s son from Putney emerges from the spring’s bloodbath to continue his climb to power and wealth, while his formidable master, Henry VIII, settles to short-lived happiness with his third queen, Jane Seymour. Cromwell is a man with only his wits to rely on; he has no great family to back him, no private army. Despite rebellion at home, traitors plotting abroad and the threat of invasion testing Henry’s regime to breaking point, Cromwell’s robust imagination sees a new country in the mirror of the future. But can a nation, or a person, shed the past like a skin? Do the dead continually unbury themselves? What will you do, the Spanish ambassador asks Cromwell, when the king turns on you, as sooner or later he turns on everyone close to him? With The Mirror and the Light, Hilary Mantel brings to a triumphant close the trilogy she began with Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. She traces the final years of Thomas Cromwell, the boy from nowhere who climbs to the heights of power, offering a defining portrait of predator and prey, of a ferocious contest between present and past, between royal will and a common man’s vision: of a modern nation making itself through conflict, passion and courage.

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One of Britain’s greatest living novelists, Hilary Mantel worked as a social worker and journalist, living for some time in Botswana and Saudi Arabia, before she published her first novel, Eight Months on Ghazzah Street, in 1988. Her early work garnered numerous awards including Fludd which won the Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize, the Cheltenham Prize and the Southern Arts Literature Prize and A Place of Greater Safety, an epic story of the French revolution which won the Sunday Express Book of the Year award. In the early 2000’s Mantel received great acclaim for her experimental biography, Giving Up the Ghost and the haunting psychological novel Beyond Black which was shortlisted for a 2006 Commonwealth Writers Prize and for the 2006 Orange Prize for Fiction. She achieved worldwide fame with her sequence about the life of Thomas Cromwell, Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies, with the two volumes both winning The Booker Prize in 2009 and 2012. Wolf Hall also received the Walter Scott Prize and was shortlisted for the 2009 Costa Novel Award and 2010 Orange Prize for Fiction. In 2014, she caused a furore with her provocatively titled collection, The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher. The final novel in her Cromwell sequence, titled The Mirror & the Light is available to pre-order now.
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Author Hilary Mantel Published by HarperCollins Publishers ISBN 0007480997 EAN 9780007480999 BIC Code F Cover Hardback

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ISBN: 9780008366704
SKU: 9780007480999
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publish Date: 2020
Page Count: 864

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