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  • Paperback: 406 pages
  • Publisher: Picador USA; Reprint edition (7 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 125002417X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250024176
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 2.1 x 20.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,005 customer reviews)
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"Darkly magnificent...Mantel animates history with a political and psychological acuity equal to Tolstoy's."--"The Washington Post"

"Beautifully constructed...The wonder of Mantel's retelling is that she makes these events fresh and terrifying all over again....Sublime."--Janet Maslin, "The New York Times"

"Marvelous, intoxicating...Read "Bring Up the Bodies" for its chilling character profile, its period details on jousting and Tudor kitchens, its congregation of the seven deadly sins....Nobody should skip a heady word of Mantel's planned trilogy."--"The Cleveland Plain Dealer "

"Mantel has the maddeningly unteachable gift of being interesting....All is alive, silvery, alert, rapid with insight."--James Wood, "The New Yorker
""Lovely, present and thrilling."--Gillian Flynnn, author of "Gone Girl"

"Meticulously crafted...Superb...Highly entertaining...Brilliant."--"Slate"

"There is no one else writing with Mantel's verve and control, her talent for richly wrought story, crisp pace, and direct prose."--"The Miami Herald"

"Mantel writes the kind of sentences you want to live in...."Bring Up the Bodies" isn't just her boldest book, it's also her best."--Michael Schaub, NPR

"["Bring Up the Bodies"] is astringent and purifying, stripping away the cobwebs and varnish of history, the antique formulations and brocaded sentimentality of costume drama novels, so that the English past comes to seem like something vivid, strange and brand new."--"The New York Times Book Review"

"Hilary Mantel made waves in 2009 with her Man Booker Prize-winning page-turner, "Wolf Hall."..The second in her planned trilogy, "Bring Up the Bodies" stalks Anne Boleyn and the soap-opera worthy machinations of Cromwell and his evil allies to bring down the powerful wife of the king. Who knew history could be so sexy?"--"Vanity Fair"

"What's being called the Wolf Hall Trilogy is a remarkable work in progress, a series that makes the past feel immediate and--this is the best

"Mantel knows what to select, how to make her scenes vivid, how to kindle her characters. She seems almost incapable of abstraction or fraudulence; she instinctively grabs for the reachably real...In short, this novelist has the maddeningly unteachable gift of being interesting."--"The New Yorker
""["Bring Up the Bodies"] is astringent and purifying, stripping away the cobwebs and varnish of history, the antique formulations and brocaded sentimentality of costume drama novels, so that the English past comes to seem like something vivid, strange and brand new."--"The New York Times Book Review
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"Two years ago something astonishingly fair happened in the world of prestigious prizes: the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction for 2009 both went to the right winner. The book was Hilary Mantel's "Wolf Hall," and it would have dwarfed the competition any year...It was a hard act to follow. But the follow-up is equally sublime...That ironic ending will be no cliffhanger for anyone even remotely familiar with Henry VIII's trail of carnage. But in" Bring Up the Bodies" it works as one. The wonder of Ms. Mantel's retelling is that she makes these events fresh and terrifying all over again."--"The New York Times
"""Bring Up the Bodies" isn't just her boldest book; it's also her best -- and it reaffirms Mantel's reputation as one of England's greatest living novelists."--"NPR
"
"Hilary Mantel made waves in 2009 with her Man Booker Prize-winning page-turner, "Wolf Hall."..The second in her planned trilogy, "Bring Up the Bodies" stalks Anne Boleyn and the soap-opera worthy machinations of Cromwell and his evil allies to bring down the powerful wife of the king. Who knew history could be so sexy?"--"Vanity Fair
"
"What's being called the "Wolf Hall Trilogy" is a remarkable work in progress, a series that makes the past feel immediate and--this is the best part--unpredictable. Even if you know the history, you'll find yourself racing through these pages to find out what happens next."--"People
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"After pulling off this literary feat twice, you realize the smartest person in the room isn't Cromwell after all--it's Mantel."--"The Huffington Post
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"the finest works of historical fiction in contemporary literature."--"The Washington Post
""Fans of "Wolf Hall" will relish this book, but" Bring Up the Bodies" also stands alone...Her characters are real and vivid people who bring to life the clash of ideals that gripped England at the time. She makes the past present and vital."--"The Economist"
""Bring Up the Bodies" stands magnificently on its own...such is [Mantel's] skill"--"LA Times
"
"You won't be able to tear your eyes away."--"The Seattle Times
"
"the worst that can be said about Mantel--her latest book makes you angry, because you want more."--"Slate"
"In Mantel's hands, Cromwell's cunning, morally complicated orchestration of that historic slice through the royal neck is as exciting as any thriller."--"Entertainment Weekly
""With wit, daring style, and a staggering breadth of historical knowledge, Mantel breathes new life into reclaimed territory."--"Bookslut "

Mantel knows what to select, how to make her scenes vivid, how to kindle her characters. She seems almost incapable of abstraction or fraudulence; she instinctively grabs for the reachably real...In short, this novelist has the maddeningly unteachable gift of being interesting. "The New Yorker"

["Bring Up the Bodies"] is astringent and purifying, stripping away the cobwebs and varnish of history, the antique formulations and brocaded sentimentality of costume drama novels, so that the English past comes to seem like something vivid, strange and brand new. "The New York Times Book Review"

Two years ago something astonishingly fair happened in the world of prestigious prizes: the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction for 2009 both went to the right winner. The book was Hilary Mantel's "Wolf Hall," and it would have dwarfed the competition any year It was a hard act to follow. But the follow-up is equally sublime That ironic ending will be no cliffhanger for anyone even remotely familiar with Henry VIII's trail of carnage. But in" Bring Up the Bodies" it works as one. The wonder of Ms. Mantel's retelling is that she makes these events fresh and terrifying all over again. "The New York Times"

"Bring Up the Bodies" isn't just her boldest book; it's also her best -- and it reaffirms Mantel's reputation as one of England's greatest living novelists. NPR

Hilary Mantel made waves in 2009 with her Man Booker Prize-winning page-turner, "Wolf Hall" The second in her planned trilogy, "Bring Up the Bodies" stalks Anne Boleyn and the soap-opera worthy machinations of Cromwell and his evil allies to bring down the powerful wife of the king. Who knew history could be so sexy? "Vanity Fair"

What's being called the "Wolf Hall Trilogy" is a remarkable work in progress, a series that makes the past feel immediate and--this is the best part--unpredictable. Even if you know the history, you'll find yourself racing through these pages to find out what happens next. "People"

After pulling off this literary feat twice, you realize the smartest person in the room isn't Cromwell after all--it's Mantel. "The Huffington Post"

the finest works of historical fiction in contemporary literature. "The Washington Post"

Fans of "Wolf Hall" will relish this book, but" Bring Up the Bodies" also stands alone Her characters are real and vivid people who bring to life the clash of ideals that gripped England at the time. She makes the past present and vital. "The Economist"

"Bring Up the Bodies" stands magnificently on its own...such is [Mantel's] skill "LA Times"

You won't be able to tear your eyes away. "The Seattle Times"

The worst that can be said about Mantel--her latest book makes you angry, because you want more. "Slate"

In Mantel's hands, Cromwell's cunning, morally complicated orchestration of that historic slice through the royal neck is as exciting as any thriller. "Entertainment Weekly"

With wit, daring style, and a staggering breadth of historical knowledge, Mantel breathes new life into reclaimed territory. "Bookslut""

From the Inside Flap

By 1535 Thomas Cromwell is Chief Minister to Henry VIII, his fortunes having risen with those of Anne Boleyn, the king's new wife. But Anne has failed to give the king an heir, and Cromwell watches as Henry falls for plain Jane Seymour. Cromwell must find a solution that will satisfy Henry, safeguard the nation and secure his own career. But neither minister nor king will emerge unscathed from the bloody theatre of Anne's final days.

An astounding literary accomplishment, 'Bring Up the Bodies' is the story of this most terrifying moment of history, by one of our greatest living novelists.
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The writing style is rather annoying. It may be an attempt to try in some way to seem "period" but only succeeds in being rather bizarre in both grammar and punctuation. There is a particularly annoying construct that can happen several times per page ... ie ... "He, Cromwell, did so and so and then something else." This structure would be fine if it only happened once or twice in the book but it is repeated constantly when all that is actually needed is ... "Cromwell did so and so and then something else." There are other strange punctuation and sentence structures that are too puzzling and numerous to analyse in detail. Having read many novels about this era I think Philippa Gregory on the Boleyn Girls and Sansom with his lawyer Shardlake make Hilary Mantel's writing style seem seriously wanting in so many ways. I came close to being so fed up with it as to stop reading and go on to something more attractive ... and active ! But I am struggling on and will complete it now despite the groans.
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If anyone watched the TV version before reading this book, as I did, they might like me find it impossible to imagine the court of Henry VIII inhabited by anyone other than those actors. I thought the TV series was brilliant and as the book is exactly the same as far as I can tell, i don't think anyone would be disappointed whichever way round they enjoy both.
Short of time travel what better way to experience the ways of the court, the arbitrary nature of the law and how precarious it was to be close to the king.
Hilary Mantel has an extraordinary talent with words. At the beheading of Anne Boleyn: "a sound like a whistle through a keyhole: the body exsanguinates, and its flat little presence becomes a puddle of gore."
My dictionary describes exsanguinates as "rarely used," and this book is a rare treat, hopefully to be followed by the final act, both on TV and on the page.
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This is not so much a historical novel as an inspired portrait of one man; you can feel deeply how Cromwell's character and beliefs shaped the course of English history. Although the historical detail is well researched, the story transcends the facts; the detail of Cromwell's daughter's peacock-feather wings is as poignant and somehow as significant as the fall of a Queen.
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Thomas Cromwell has come to life in this extraordinary novel and its predecessor. And so has the incredible period itself. I have nothing but praise for Hilary Mantel's dazzling prose and her psychological insights. One awaits the conclusion of the trilogy with keen anticipation!
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book and could not put it down. Having recently watched the film - The other Boleyn girl - the characters and life at Court became so vivid in my imagination. Now that I have finished reading, I wish that I had started Wolf Hall first - you can read Bring up the bodies as a stand alone novel but having enjoyed it so much I do feel I've missed out a little and now start at the beginning of Cromwell's life with Wolf Hall.
I can imagine these books are not for everyone just because of the style of writing and the historical setting but I found the stories gripping.
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P&P no problem. I was hooked to this audio story. I struggled with the book and thought this might help - it did. I loved it. Husband is struggling with the history a bit - too many Thomas' according to him!
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Brilliant sequel to Wolf Hall. I was completely wrapped up in Mantell's tudor court. It pulled me in the same way David Mitchell did with the Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet. Really hoping we don't have to wait for too long for the third book _ even though I know it won't end well.
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Just brilliant. This is in my top 10 books of all time. I think I will go back and read them (with Wolf Hall) at some stage again.
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