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The Mirror and the Light

by Hilary Mantel

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PUBLISHED: 5th March 2020
ISBN: 9780007480999
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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.
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  • Hardcover
    $49.51
PUBLISHED: 5th March 2020
ISBN: 9780007480999
ANNOTATION:
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.

Annotation

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.

Publisher Description

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.

'A masterpiece' Guardian

'It is a book not read, but lived' Telegraph

'Her Cromwell novels are, for my money, the greatest English novels of this century' Observer

'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, Jane Seymour.

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 Biography

Hilary Mantel is the author of fifteen 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.

Review

'Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall novels make 99 per cent of contemporary literary fiction feel utterly pale and bloodless by comparison' The Times

      'Hilary Mantel has written an epic of English history that does what the Aeneid did for the Romans and War and Peace for the Russians. We are lucky to have it.' Sunday Telegraph

      'Very few writers manage not just to excavate the sedimented remains of the past, but bring them up again into the light and air so that they shine brightly once more before us. Hilary Mantel has done just that.' Simon Schama, Financial Times

      'A masterpiece that will keep yielding its riches, changing as its readers change, going forward with us into the future' Guardian

      'The most masterful story telling imaginable' Graham Norton

      'Ambitious, compassionate, clear-eyed yet emotional, passionate and pragmatic, The Mirror & the Light lays down a marker for historical fiction that will set the standard for generations to come' Independent

      'It's the crowning glory of a towering achievement' Mail on Sunday

      'Very few writers manage not just to excavate the sedimented remains of the past, but bring them up again into the light and air so that they shine brightly once more before us. Hilary Mantel has done just that' Financial Times, Simon Scharma

      'This is a must-read' Good Housekeeping

      'On closing the book I wept as I've not wept over a novel since I was a child . . . Mantel struck her spear against the flint of Thomas Cromwell, and lit such a candle in England as will never go out'

Telegraph, Sarah Perry,

      'A masterpiece . . . Mantel has redefined what the historical novel is capable of . . . Taken together, her Cromwell novels are, for my money, the greatest English novels of this century' Observer, Stephanie Merritt

Review Quote

Praise for Wolf Hall: 'Dizzyingly, dazzlingly good . . . Hugely exciting, packed full of power struggles and political machinations, but also delightfully poetic, vivid in image and phrase. A rich and subtle wonder' Daily Mail 'Beautifully written and terrifying fiction. She makes that world so concrete you can smell the rain-drenched wool cloaks and feel the sharp fibres of rushes underfoot. It's a world of marvels' Daily Telegraph 'As soon as I opened this book I was gripped. I read it almost non-stop. When I did have to put it down, I was full of regret the story was over, a regret I still feel' The Times Praise for Bring Up the Bodies: 'The greatest modern English prose writer writing today' Peter Stothard, Chairman of the 2012 Man Booker Prize 'In another league. This ongoing story of Henry VIII's right-hand man is the finest piece of historical fiction I have ever read . . . A staggering achievement' Sunday Telegraph 'Darkly magnificent . . . the finest work of historical fiction in contemporary literature' Washington Post ent' Sunday Telegraph 'Darkly magnificent . . . the finest work of historical fiction in contemporary literature' Washington Post

Promotional "Headline"

Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2020

Feature

Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2020 THE BIGGEST BOOK OF 2020: The final part of Hilary's Cromwell trilogy, following on from Wolf Hall (1M+ TCM) and Bring Up the Bodies (500k+ TCM), is set to be the literary event of 2020. NEW READER CAMPAIGN: Efforts are being made to get people caught up with the series in time for The Mirror and the Light. This includes a reading guide to be handed out for free on National Bookshop Day. HUGE PUBLICITY AND MARKETING CAMPAIGN: Launching with a billboard in Leicester Square, the campaign is set to be massive. A whole series of events, media appearances and advertising is being put in place for publication. Competition: The;Wolf Hall;Bring up the Bodies;Testaments;Handmaid's Tale;American Dirt;girl, woman, other;Tidelands;A place of Greater Safety;A Thousand Moons. By;Hilary Mantel;Margaret Atwood;Philippa Gregory;Bill Bryson;Robert Harris;John le Carre;Alison Weir;Kate Atkinson

Product Details

Author
Hilary Mantel
Publisher
HarperCollins Publishers
Year
2020
ISBN-10
0007480997
ISBN-13
9780007480999
Format
Hardcover
Publication Date
2020-03-05
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Series
The Wolf Hall Trilogy
Pages
912
Language
English
Series Number
03
Audience
General/Trade