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The Mirror and the Light [9780007480999]

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SHORTLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2020

The long-awaited sequel to Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, the stunning conclusion to Hilary Mantel's Man Booker Prize-winning Wolf Hall trilogy.

‘If you cannot speak truth at a beheading, when can you speak it?’

England, May 1536. Anne Boleyn is dead, decapitated in the space of a heartbeat by a hired French executioner. As her remains are bundled into oblivion, Thomas Cromwell breakfasts with the victors.

The blacksmith’s son from Putney emerges from the spring’s bloodbath to continue his climb to power and wealth, while his formidable master, Henry VIII, settles to short-lived happiness with his third queen, before Jane dies giving birth to the male heir he most craves.

Cromwell is a man with only his wits to rely on; he has no great family to back him, no private army.

Despite rebellion at home, traitors plotting abroad and the threat of invasion testing Henry’s regime to breaking point, Cromwell’s robust imagination sees a new country in the mirror of the future. But can a nation, or a person, shed the past like a skin?

Do the dead continually unbury themselves? What will you do, the Spanish ambassador asks Cromwell, when the king turns on you, as sooner or later he turns on everyone close to him?

With The Mirror and the Light, Hilary Mantel brings to a triumphant close the trilogy she began with Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies.

She traces the final years of Thomas Cromwell, the boy from nowhere who climbs to the heights of power, offering a defining portrait of predator and prey, of a ferocious contest between present and past, between royal will and a common man’s vision: of a modern nation making itself through conflict, passion and courage.

 

AUTHOR: 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.

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05-Mar-2020
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Pages:
912
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  • 5
    The mirror and the light

    Posted by Unknown on 28th Mar 2020

    It'll take some time to review properly, this is a huge tomeand I have barely got into it but so far a great read.

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    The Mirror & the Light

    Posted by Jill (Highlands ) on 26th Mar 2020

    Purchased as a gift, recipient ‘glued to it’

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    The Mirror & The Light

    Posted by Lorna Windmill on 15th Mar 2020

    Amazing and fantastic! I am 3/4 of the way through and am glued to it, savouring every page. It is like being in the room with Cromwell and his protagonists. The dialogue rings true (sometimes horribly so) and the descriptive passages are heart rending. . Well worth waiting for. Lorna Almonds-Windmill

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