Bring Up the Bodies

by Hilary Mantel

Part of the The Wolf Hall Trilogy Series

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Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2013.

Shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2013.

With her dazzling, utterly absorbing style of writing Bring Up the Bodies focuses on the downfall and destruction of the charismatic Anne Boleyn. This is the sequel to the 2009 Man Booker-winning Wolf Hall  the second in what will be a Tudor trilogy. The final book will be called The Mirror & the Light, and will continue Thomas Cromwell's story until his execution in 1540.

 

Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2012.

Winner of the Costa Novel Award 2012.

Winner of the Specsavers National Book Awards 'UK Author of the Year' 2012.

 

May 2012 MEGA Book of the Month.

 

Sir Peter Stothard, Chair of Man Booker Prize 2012 judging panel, on  Bring Up the

Bodies...

‘This double accolade is uniquely deserved. Hilary Mantel has rewritten the rules for historical fiction. In Bring up the Bodies, our greatest modern writer retells the origins of modern England.’'

Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts at the Hay Festival on 2 June 2012.

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Bring Up the Bodies Synopsis

Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2012 Winner of the 2012 Costa Book of the Year Shortlisted for the 2013 Women's Prize for Fiction 'Simply exceptional...I envy anyone who hasn't yet read it' Daily Mail 'A gripping story of tumbling fury and terror' Independent on Sunday With this historic win for Bring Up the Bodies, Hilary Mantel becomes the first British author and the first woman to be awarded two Man Booker Prizes. 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.

About This Edition

ISBN: 9780008366766
Publication date: 5th March 2020
Author: Hilary Mantel
Publisher: Fourth Estate Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 432 pages
Primary Genre Historical fiction
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‘This is a great novel of dark and dirty passions, public and private. It is also an exploration of what still shocks us.. A truly great story, it rolls on.’ James Naughtie, FT

‘Bring Up The Bodies succeeds brilliantly in every particle of this: it’s an imaginative achievement to exhaust superlatives.’ The Spectator

‘Is Bring Up the Bodies better than, worse than or equal to Wolf Hall? While lacking, necessarily, the shocking freshness of the first book, it is narrower, tighter, at times a more brilliant and terrifying novel.’ Frances Wilson, Observer

 

‘This story is a masterpiece of elegance and entertainment’ Marie Claire

‘Don’t think you can start this book whenever you feel like it – plan ahead, as, once started, it’s impossible to escape its grip, and until it’s finished, you won’t get any sleep’. Country Life

‘Like much historical fiction, the pages of this novel are full of lust and splendid outfits. But Ms Mantel achieves much more than that. Her characters 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

‘There is no sense in which Bring Up the Bodies is a simple follow-up or continuation of Wolf Hall. More then most, Mantel is a committed revolutionary novelist’ TLS

‘that rare, clever beast: a book to charm critics and enthral readers’ Sport Magazine

‘this volume promises still more page-turning moments’ ES Magazine

‘Great novel – worthy companion to Wolf Hall.. Hurry up with the third novel Hilary’ Daily Express

‘This close-up account of the fall of Anne Boleyn does what a historical novel is meant to do: it makes intelligent surmises about what might have happened’ Evening Standard

 

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About Hilary Mantel

Hilary Mantel is the first woman and the first British author to win the Man Booker prize twice and the first author ever to win the Man Booker Prize and Costa Book Award in the same year. At 60, she is only the third double winner alongside J.M. Coetzee and Peter Carey. She is also the first person to win the prize for two novels in a trilogy, following her success in 2009 with Wolf Hall.   Hilary Mantel was born in northern Derbyshire in 1952. She was educated at a convent school in Cheshire and went on to the LSE and ...

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