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‘Superbly readable…an assured and strange masterpiece.’ Sunday Telegraph
'One of the best English novels of the 20th century.' Diana Athill, The Oldie
‘Hilary Mantel has soaked herself in the history of the period…and a striking picture emerges of the exhilaration, dynamic energy and stark horror of those fearful days.’ Daily Telegraph
‘I cannot think of a historical novel as good as this until one goes back to Marguerite Yourcenar’s “Memoirs of Hadrian”, published forty years ago.’ Evening Standard
‘Marvellous…It was the best of times; it was the worst of times. Hilary Mantel captures it all.’ Time Out
‘Intriguing…She has grasped what made these young revolutionaries – and with them the French Revolution – tick.’ Independent
‘Crafty tensions, twists and high drama…a bravura display of her endlessly inventive, eerily observant style.’ Times Literary Supplement
‘An extraordinary and overwhelming novel…immensely detailed and yet fast-moving…she has set herself to capture the excitement and intellectual fervour of the period. She does it admirably…a tour de force.’ Scotsman
'Riveting…the book overflows with a natural storyteller's energy.' New Yorker
‘Much, much more than a historical novel, this is an addictive study of power, and the price that must be paid for it…a triumph.’ Cosmopolitan
'This is a high-class historical blockbuster.' Red Magazine
‘Hilary Mantel has pulled off the apparently impossible…an ambitious, gripping epic.’ Vogue--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Hilary Mantel is the author of thirteen books , including A PLACE OF GREATER SAFETY, BEYOND BLACK, and the memoir GIVING UP THE GHOST. Her two most recent novels, WOLF HALL and its sequel BRING UP THE BODIES, have both been awarded The Man Booker Prize – an unprecedented achievement.--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
The French Revolution from a different viewpoint - this is really interesting and I did enjoy it very much. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Janilee
I am sorry, I just read the first half and loved it and found it fascinating, but then it started to annoy me , don't know exactly why, perhaps a lack of depth? Read morePublished 14 days ago by ingrid
A very good book but hard going. So many characters to remember. I found it vey informative but don't think I'd want to read it again!Published 14 days ago by Jd
A powerful novel imagining the daily lives of people at the center of the French Revolution.
Her description of Camille Demoulin’s ‘writing rush’ is especially fine. Read more
Not up to the Booker winner's riveting Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies standard.Published 23 days ago by ann coleman
It was very well written with lots of the history of that period bit I would have preferred more action & less dialoguePublished 25 days ago by Layla Hughes