Bring up the Bodies: Book 2 - The Thomas Cromwell Trilogy (Paperback)Hilary Mantel (author)
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Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2012
Winner of Costa Book of the Year 2012
Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2013
‘The finest piece of historical fiction I have ever read… A staggering achievement.’ - The Sunday Telegraph
The things you think are the disasters in your life are not the disasters really. Almost anything can be turned around: out of every ditch, a path, if you can only see it.
After winning the Man Booker Prize in 2009 for Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel made history in 2012, seizing a historic second win for Bring Up the Bodies, making her the first British author and the first woman to be awarded two Man Booker Prizes.
Continuing where Wolf Hall left off, Bring Up the Bodies is the electrifying second chapter in Mantel’s fictional life of Thomas Cromwell.
It is summer, 1535. Thomas Cromwell has risen far from his beginnings as the son of a Putney Blacksmith, to become Chief Minister to the capricious king, Henry VIII. Having secured the king’s release from his first marriage, Cromwell’s fortunes have risen with the ascendancy of Anne Boleyn but as Anne’s fortunes fade, he is forced to steer a dangerous path to protect both the nation and his own position as he serves the king’s desire for a new queen: Jane Seymour.
And, as Cromwell manoeuvres himself ever-closer to Henry, memories surface and his own plans – long in the making - come to a thrilling and terrifying fruition, for vengeance is a dish best served cold.
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 460 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 40 mm
'The greatest modern English prose writer working today.' - Sir Peter Stothard, Chairman of the Man Booker Prize
'Bring Up the Bodies" is simply exceptional...I envy anyone who hasn't yet read it.' - Sandra Parsons, The Daily Mail
'A gripping story of tumbling fury and terror.' - Philip Hensher, Independent on Sunday
'In another league. This ongoing story of Henry VIII's right-hand man is the finest piece of historical fiction I have ever read. A staggering achievement.' - Sarah Crompton, The Sunday Telegraph
'Great novel - worthy companion to Wolf Hall ... Hurry up with the third novel Hilary' - The Daily Express
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“Bring Up the Bodies”
In some ways, this book is even better than Wolf Hall. Faster moving, it starts where Wolf Hall finished and is almost exclusively about Henry VIIIs failing relationship with Anne Boleyn and his desire to produce a... More
“A great book, but a slower pace to Wolf Hall, I feel.”
A great book, but a slower pace to Wolf Hall, I feel.
A very good book, weaving in and out of the intrigue and plots! Very good but strangely to me, Cromwell felt rather more peripheral or witness to the events he... More
“Bring Up the Bodies”
Found the writing style to be a bit odd and at times it was difficult to be sure who was speaking. A bit boring for the first half but picks up in the second and is worth the read if you can adjust to the style.
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