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Wolf Hall (Paperback)
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Paperback Published: 27/02/2010
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Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2009 'Lock Cromwell in a deep dungeon in the morning,' says Thomas More, 'and when you come back that night he'll be sitting on a plush cushion eating larks' tongues, and all the gaolers will owe him money.' England, the 1520s. Henry VIII is on the throne, but has no heir. Cardinal Wolsey is his chief advisor, charged with securing the divorce the pope refuses to grant. Into this atmosphere of distrust and need comes Thomas Cromwell, first as Wolsey's clerk, and later his successor. 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. Ruthless in pursuit of his own interests, he is as ambitious in his wider politics as he is for himself. His reforming agenda is carried out in the grip of a self-interested parliament and a king who fluctuates between romantic passions and murderous rages. From one of our finest living writers, 'Wolf Hall' is that very rare thing: a truly great English novel, one that explores the intersection of individual psychology and wider politics. With a vast array of characters, and richly overflowing with incident, it peels back history to show us Tudor England as a half-made society, moulding itself with great passion, suffering and courage.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780007230204

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“Not my cup of tea”

Disappointing. Short on plot, very long on aimless, turgid ramblings.

12th March 2013
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“Wolf Hall”

It took me a while to finish this book, and I am a prolific, usually quick reader. However I did enjoy it. I liked the humanising aspect of Hilary Mantel's treatment of Thomas Cromwell. His back story &... More

19th August 2012
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“Probably good but I couldn't finish”

This obviously is not my sort of book. I ploughed my way through the first 200 pages, but could make it no further. I didn't enjoy the writing style, couldn't engage with the characters - except perhaps for... More

11th April 2010
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