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"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 ()
Hilary Mantel was born in Derbyshire. She was educated at a convent and later studied law. After ten years abroad in Africa and the Middle East, she returned to Britain in 1985 to make a career as a writer. She is working on her ninth novel.
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 2 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 2 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 4 months ago by Kath
I read this book when it first came out, and bought it now to re-read. It's a keeperPublished 4 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 8 months ago by Katy Andrews
Excellent book from a different point of view, exhaustively researched and well written.Published 10 months ago by Anne Martin
Truly outstanding. Completely compelling on every level. Don't let the size put you off, it is an absolute joy to read, from beginning to end. Read morePublished 11 months ago by S.D.Smith
A long hard slog, with interesting and illustrious material. Shines a strong light on the manners of the period, the philosophy and psychology of the royalties and their... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Ray Guy