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Wolf Hall

by Hilary Mantel

HarperCollins Publishers Ltd | December 5, 2011 | Trade Paperback

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England in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years, and marry Anne Boleyn. The pope and most of Europe oppose him. The quest for the king''s freedom destroys his adviser, the brilliant Cardinal Wolsey, and leaves a power vacuum and a deadlock.

Into this impasse steps Thomas Cromwell. The son of a brutal blacksmith, a political genius, a briber, a bully and a charmer, Cromwell has broken all the rules of a rigid society in his rise to power, and is preparing to break some more. 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.

In inimitable style, Hilary Mantel presents a picture of a half-made society on the cusp of change, where individuals fight or embrace their fate with passion and courage. With a vast array of characters, overflowing with incident, Wolf Hall re-creates an era when the personal and political are separated by a hairbreadth, where success brings unlimited power but a single failure means death.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 672 pages, 3.25 × 2.17 × 0.6 in

Published: December 5, 2011

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1554687780

ISBN - 13: 9781554687787

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, 3.25 × 2.17 × 0.6 in

Published: December 5, 2011

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1554687780

ISBN - 13: 9781554687787

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England in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years, and marry Anne Boleyn. The pope and most of Europe oppose him. The quest for the king''s freedom destroys his adviser, the brilliant Cardinal Wolsey, and leaves a power vacuum and a deadlock.

Into this impasse steps Thomas Cromwell. The son of a brutal blacksmith, a political genius, a briber, a bully and a charmer, Cromwell has broken all the rules of a rigid society in his rise to power, and is preparing to break some more. 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.

In inimitable style, Hilary Mantel presents a picture of a half-made society on the cusp of change, where individuals fight or embrace their fate with passion and courage. With a vast array of characters, overflowing with incident, Wolf Hall re-creates an era when the personal and political are separated by a hairbreadth, where success brings unlimited power but a single failure means death.

About the Author

Hilary Mary Mantel (born 6 July 1952) is an English novelist, short story writer and critic. Her work, ranging in subject from personal memoir to historical fiction, has been short-listed for major literary awards. In 2009, she won the Man Booker Prize for her novel Wolf Hall.
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