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Hilary Mantel - Bring up the Bodies

"Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall was an interesting and wildly popular account of the first half of the life of Thomas Cromwell. He remains one of the most cryptic major figures in Henry VIII's rule, and historians differ about his role in Anne Boleyn's downfall. Did his one-time ally at court divide from him over a matter of policy? Or did he simply follow his master's instructions once it became apparent, from January 1536, that she, like her predecessor Katherine, would not give him a male heir?

Bring Up the Bodies is a ferocious rendering of the fall of Anne Boleyn, centred not on the queen but on the man implicated in her fall. It is a narrow piece of prestissimo vengeance, an exercise of aspects of the novelist's art in pursuit of one of the most shocking stories in English history."            Philip Hensher, The Independent


In 2011, the must-read was Wolf Hall ...

In 2012, it will surely be Bring Up The Bodies.

Britain seems gripped by Tudor-mania.

The Henries, Mary, Elizabeth, and even Edward, have evolved from the almost mythical to the almost familiar. They live public lives in films and on television. And, of course, in books — and one book in particular: Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall won the Man Booker prize in 2011 and became everybody's book of the year.

Sold in thousands, it was read by tens of thousands. And it seemed to have a cast of thousands. It was a book about everything and everybody — the royal succession, the Reformation, England' s international dealings, the Court and its Courtiers, Henry VIII, Katherine of Aragon,  Anne Boleyn, and so much more. With enormous skill, Mantel unified this material by focusing intently on the actions and reactions of one man: the King's fixer, 'Mr Secretary', the multi-faceted Thomas Cromwell.

Wolf Hall ended with the 'divorce' of Katharine and her replacement by Anne Boleyn. Bring Up The Bodies carries the story onwards in a great tragic sweep to Anne Boleyn's execution.

Mantel's magic transforms historical personages into real people. The depth of her characterisation, the credibility of the times and places she recreates, and the sensitive, subtle motivations of her cast make Bring Up the Bodies as gripping, dramatic and atmospheric as Wuthering Heights or a Tale of Two Cities. The ending left me literally breathless.

If you enjoyed Wolf Hall, you will certainly want Bring Up The Bodies. If you like, by all means enter Mantel's Tudor world with this second book. But be warned: it's a world you may find it an almost intolerable wrench to leave.

                                                                                                              LomaBooks Fiction Choice reviewer

Bestsellers Evening Standard 27th August 2015
1. Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee
2. Pinball 1973/Hear the Wind Sing by Haruki Murakami
3. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
4. Captain in Calico by George Macdonald Fraser
5. Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg

Sweet Caress: The Many Lives of Amory Clay by William Boyd

1. The Hundred Years War: Cursed Kings by Jonathan Sumption
2. The Mistresses of Cliveden by Natalie Livingstone
3. The Silk Roads: A New History of the World by Peter Frankopan
4. The Last Act of Love by Cathy Rentzenbrink
5. Zero Zero Zero by Roberto Saviano

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