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“A stunning book. It breaks free of what the novel has become nowadays. I can’t think of anything since Middlemarch which so convincingly builds a world.” Diana Athill
"A fascinating read, so good I rationed myself. It is remarkable and very learned; the texture is marvellously rich, the feel of Tudor London and the growing household of a man on the rise marvellously authentic. Characters real and imagined spring to life, from the childish and petulant King to Thomas Wolsey's jester, and it captures the extrovert, confident, violent mood of the age wonderfully." C.J. Sansom
"A magnificent achievement: the scale of its vision and the fine stitching of its detail; the teeming canvas of characters; the style with its clipped but powerful immediacy; the wit, the poetry and the nuance." Sarah Dunant
“A superb novel, beautifully constructed, and an absolutely compelling read. Mantel has created a novel of Tudor times which persuades us that we are there, at that moment, hungry to know what happens next. It is the making of our English world, and who can fail to be stirred by it?” Helen Dunmore--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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.
Why, oh why did I buy this?? I have attempted it three times and have now given up on it. One star is a star too many.Published 21 hours ago by Fiona
Be warned, once you become involved in this book it becomes difficult to put down! Mantel brings out the man in Thomas Cromwell, rather than the monster we have become accustomed... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Dolomede
I know, I'm probably being a bit thick and I'm unlikely to be a picked as a judge for the Manbooker prize but I'm a reasonably avid reader getting through around 30 books (of... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Spiderlung
The condition of this book did not meet my expectations. It was described as very good, yet the copy I received looks like it has passed through many grubby hands or charity shops. Read morePublished 6 days ago by j
I feel traitorous giving this book such a low star scores: there are times when I found myself thinking the writing was magnificent, a genuine masterpiece that would stand through... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Gruffalo
Borderline unreadable and somehow manages to reduce one of the most interesting parts of British history to a study of characters as unlikeable as they are dull.Published 8 days ago by Carwash