Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2009
Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2012
Winner of the Costa Book of the Year 2012
Shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2013
Shortlisted for the the Orange Prize 2009
Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2009
Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, both winners of The Man Booker Prize, in 2009 and 2012 respectively, are the first two instalments in Hilary Mantel’s Tudor trilogy. They have gathered readers and praise in equal and enormous measure. They have been credited with elevating historical fiction to new heights and animating a period of history many thought too well known to be made fresh.
Through the eyes and ears of Thomas Cromwell, the books’ narrative prism, we are shown Tudor England, the court of King Henry VIII. 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.
In Wolf Hall we witness Cromwell’s rise, beginning as clerk to Cardinal Wolsey, Henry’s chief advisor, charged with securing the divorce the pope refuses to grant. He is soon to become his successor. By 1535, when the action of Bring Up the Bodies begins, Cromwell is Chief Minister to Henry, his fortunes having risen with those of Anne Boleyn, Henry’s second wife. Anne’s days, though, are marked. Cromwell watches as the king falls in love with silent, plain Jane Seymour, sensing what Henry’s affection will mean for his queen, for England, and for himself.
Praise for WOLF HALL:
‘Wonderful. As soon as I opened this book I was gripped. I read it almost non-stop’ The Times
‘Dizzyingly, dazzingly good’ Daily Mail
‘Genuinely outstanding’ Independent
‘So original and disconcerting that it will surely come to be seen as a paradigm-shifter’ Sunday Telegraph
Praise for BRING UP THE BODIES:
‘Picks up the body parts where WOLF HALL left off … she's as deft and verbally adroit as ever’ Margaret Atwood, Guardian
‘Historical novel? Of course, and probably the best to be published since WOLF HALL Andrew Motion, The Times
‘BRING UP THE BODIES should net its author another Booker Prize’ New Statesman
‘A magnificent encore from first page to last’ Mail on Sunday
About the author
Hilary Mantel is the author of fifteen books, including A PLACE OF GREATER SAFETY, BEYOND BLACK, the memoir GIVING UP THE GHOST, and the short-story collection THE ASSASSINATION OF MARGARET THATCHER. Her two most recent novels, WOLF HALL and its sequel BRING UP THE BODIES, have both been awarded the Man Booker Prize.
The worst book I’ve ever read and I love history. What is even worse someone has bought me the latest one.