Bring Up the Bodies (Man Booker Prize winner 2012)
by Hilary Mantel
Editor: HarperCollins Publishers
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Man Booker wins straight away for the Man Booker-winner Wolf Hall”My son Thomas, give him a dirty look, and that he’s going to die an eye onTravel in him, and he will cut off your legs,”explains Walter Cromwell in the year 1500″But if you don’t cut through him, he’s a very gentlemanly man.”And he’s gonna stand to anyone a drinkIn 1535, Thomas Cromwell, the blacksmith’s son, is far from his modest origins.Chief Minister of Henry VIII, his fortune grew with those of Anne Boleyn, Henry, the second wife, whose concern Henry broke with Rome and created his own church.But Henry’s actions forced England’s dangerous isolation, and Anne failed to do what she promised: give birth to a son, secure the Tudor line.When Henry Henry visits Wolf Hall, Cromwell watches as Henry falls in love with silence, the plain Jane SeymourThe minister sees what is at stake: not only the good pleasure of the king, but the security of the nation.As he facilitates a path through the sexual politics of court politics, his miasmas of gossip, he must negotiate a “truth” that will satisfy Henry and ensure his own career.But neither the minister nor the king will emerge intact from the bloody theatre of Anne of the last days.Hilary Mantel explores one of the most mysterious and frightening episodes in English history: the destruction of Anne Boleyn in’ Building Organs’, the sequel to the Man Booker Prize-winner Wolf Hall.This man Booker-nominated novel is a telling image, a bold vision of Tudor England that casts its light on the modern world.It is the work of one of our great writers, at the height of his powers.
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