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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
Hilary Mantel is the author of thirteen books, including A PLACE OF GREATER SAFETY, BEYOND BLACK, the memoir GIVING UP THE GHOST, and the short-story collection THE ASSASSINATION OF MARGARET THATCHER. 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.
Deserves to be a classic. Should be read with its sequel, Bring Up the Bodies.Published 2 months ago by boismagique
Although it took me a few tries to get into this novel due to its stylistic choices, once I did, I couldn't put it down. The characters are rich, vivid and strategic. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Joanna
Love this book on Henry the VIII. Hard to get into it at the start but worth it.I really love her writing style.Published 4 months ago by karen bonnell
One of the best historical fiction novels I've ever read! Mantel is a brilliant & talented writer, never misses a beat. Compelling read!Published 6 months ago by Kath
I read this book when it first came out, and bought it now to re-read. It's a keeperPublished 6 months ago by Deborah M Rose
I stuck it to about a third of the book. I enjoyed the beginning an as I progressed I disliked it more and more (no pun intended) Rare for me to give up on a book but I did with... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Katy Andrews
Excellent book from a different point of view, exhaustively researched and well written.Published 12 months ago by Anne Martin