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Publisher Description

In the ruthless arena of King Henry VIII's court, only one man dares to gamble his life to win the king's favor and ascend to the heights of political power

England in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years, and marry Anne Boleyn. The pope and most of Europe opposes him. The quest for the king's freedom destroys his adviser, the brilliant Cardinal Wolsey, and leaves a power vacuum.

Into this impasse steps Thomas Cromwell. Cromwell is a wholly original man, a charmer and a bully, both idealist and opportunist, astute in reading people and a demon of energy: he is also a consummate politician, hardened by his personal losses, implacable in his ambition. But Henry is volatile: one day tender, one day murderous. Cromwell helps him break the opposition, but what will be the price of his triumph?

In inimitable style, Hilary Mantel presents a picture of a half-made society on the cusp of change, where individuals fight or embrace their fate with passion and courage. With a vast array of characters, overflowing with incident, the novel re-creates an era when the personal and political are separated by a hairbreadth, where success brings unlimited power but a single failure means death.

Simon Slater
hr min
November 1
Macmillan Audio

Customer Reviews

Nemo 47 ,

A brilliant book

Like Dinojen, I invested in this book sight unseen and reviews unread. My curiosity about the topic was piqued by Philippa Gregory, who has given me an almost insatiable curiosity about this time period. I hoped the $41 was as well invested as the money I have spent on many of Ms. Gregory's books. Wolf Hall was all that it promised to be and even more. I highly recommend Wolf Hall to anyone with an interest in history or excellent writing or riveting characters. The story is a fascinating account of the powers behind the throne during Henry VIII's tumultuous romance with Anne Boleyn and his efforts to create an independent English church.


dingojen ,

Wolf Hall: Has been highly recommended

Well, this book has been highly recommended by Slate Political Gabfest John Dickerson. I am going to give it a go and see if he is correct. I hope this price of $41.00 is worth it. I will let you know. Wish me good luck and happy reading!

MinnieBannister ,

Brilliantbook, excellent narrator

Wolf Hall, the first in Hilary Mantel's Tudor trilogy is a marvellous book, a deep, rich and thought provoking treatment of Thomas Cromwell's rise to power. As with all audiobooks much depends on the narrator. Simon Vance's reading of the second book (Bring Up the Bodies) is excellent but Simon Slater's narration of Wolf Hall is even better, perfect pacing, excellent characterisations - he does a brilliant job. A must-have audiobook.

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