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How We Made: Wolf Hall

Posted on 26th April 2021 by Mark Skinner

Hilary Mantel and editor Nicholas Pearson on the story behind Wolf Hall.  


The first in a new series that discovers the story behind books which went on to become prize-winners, trail-blazers, or are now seen as modern classics. We speak exclusively with Dame Hilary Mantel and her editor, Nicholas Pearson, about Wolf Hall, the first part of her Cromwell trilogy which not only won the Booker Prize but set up a series of books that went on to create a unique cultural moment at their conclusion. We hear how plans for one book became three, what it felt like to win the Booker Prize, twice, and how she feels now looking back on a 15 year project.

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The first, intricately rendered installment of Hilary Mantel’s all-conquering Thomas Cromwell trilogy rejoices in matchless prose and vivid period recreation, lending the compelling plot of Tudor skullduggery and ambition a thrillingly immediate air.
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The second part of Hilary Mantel’s Booker Prize-winning Wolf Hall Trilogy follows Thomas Cromwell as he manoeuvres himself ever-closer to Henry, and his plans – long in the making – come to thrilling and terrifying fruition.
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The triumphant conclusion to a modern classic, The Mirror & the Light carries the reader spellbound through the final, tragic era of Thomas Cromwell’s eventful life.

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Carol Allen

Wonderful, I found the books excellent, detailed, appropriate - almost forgot it was fiction! View more

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