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Wolf Hall

by Hilary Mantel

HarperCollins Publishers Ltd | September 16, 2009 | Trade Paperback

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England, the 1520s. Henry VIII is on the throne, but has no heir. Cardinal Wolsey is his chief advisor, charged with securing the divorce the pope refuses to grant. Into this atmosphere of distrust and need comes Thomas Cromwell, first as Wolsey''s clerk, and later his successor.

Cromwell is a wholly original man: the son of a brutal blacksmith, a political genius, a briber, a charmer, a bully, a man with a delicate and deadly expertise in manipulating people and events. Ruthless in pursuit of his own interests, he is as ambitious in his wider politics as he is for himself. His reforming agenda is carried out in the grip of a self-interested parliament and a king who fluctuates between romantic passions and murderous rages.

From one of our finest living writers, Wolf Hall is that very rare thing: a truly great English novel, one that explores the intersection of individual psychology and wider politics. With a vast array of characters, and richly overflowing with incident, it peels back history to show us Tudor England as a half-made society, moulding itself with great passion and suffering and courage.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 672 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 1.77 in

Published: September 16, 2009

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 155468773X

ISBN - 13: 9781554687732

I was a few pages into Wolf Hall and knew immediately I was reading something very special – the perfect Heather’s Pick. When the novel was nominated for the coveted Booker Prize, I kept my fingers crossed that it would get the nod. In fact, a few weeks ago, Wolf Hall emerged the 2009 Booker winner. And winner it is. Wolf Hall is rich, historical fiction with a totally new perspective on the intrigue-filled court of Henry the VIII. All the usual suspects are present: Henry’s first wife Katherine of Aragon; his second wife Anne Boleyn and her sister Mary; Thomas Wolsey, the Archbishop of York; William Warham, the aging Archbishop of Canterbury; the Seymour family; the Pope and many others. But the real protagonist in this deftly woven story is Thomas Cromwell – political genius, briber, bully and full-on charmer. It is through Cromwell’s intelligent and piercing eyes that we become voyeurs at the famous Tudor Court. The events and circumstances surrounding Cromwell’s rise to power are breathtaking. Rising from personal disaster – the loss of his young family, and of Wolsey, his beloved patron – he picks his way deftly through a court where “man is wolf to man”. Pitting himself against parliament, the political establishment, and the papacy, he is prepared to reshape England to his own and Henry’s desires. This is a time when the crown jewels went to those who could get and keep power, but, as Anne Boleyn discovered, a fall from grace meant nothing short of the gallows. P.S. For the first few pages, you may find it hard to keep track of all the characters – worry not, there is a “cheat sheet” of characters tucked into the book.

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Wolf Hall

by Hilary Mantel

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 672 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 1.77 in

Published: September 16, 2009

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 155468773X

ISBN - 13: 9781554687732

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England, the 1520s. Henry VIII is on the throne, but has no heir. Cardinal Wolsey is his chief advisor, charged with securing the divorce the pope refuses to grant. Into this atmosphere of distrust and need comes Thomas Cromwell, first as Wolsey''s clerk, and later his successor.

Cromwell is a wholly original man: the son of a brutal blacksmith, a political genius, a briber, a charmer, a bully, a man with a delicate and deadly expertise in manipulating people and events. Ruthless in pursuit of his own interests, he is as ambitious in his wider politics as he is for himself. His reforming agenda is carried out in the grip of a self-interested parliament and a king who fluctuates between romantic passions and murderous rages.

From one of our finest living writers, Wolf Hall is that very rare thing: a truly great English novel, one that explores the intersection of individual psychology and wider politics. With a vast array of characters, and richly overflowing with incident, it peels back history to show us Tudor England as a half-made society, moulding itself with great passion and suffering and courage.

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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 ()

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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."
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