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Hilary Mantel
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Author
Hilary Mantel.
Publisher Picador  
Format paperback
ISBN 9780312429980
Pages/Publication Date 604/2010
Daedalus Item Code 29324
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(Winner of the 2009 Man Booker Prize, the 2009 National Book Critics Circle Award, and the 2010 Walter Scott Prize) The first woman and the first British writer to win two Bookers, Hilary Mantel earned the first of her Man Booker Prizes for this swiftly moving, superbly rendered novel of Tudor history, the prequel to Bring Up the Bodies. Fearing civil war if he has no male heir to claim the throne, Henry VIII decides he must annul his marriage of 20 years and marry Anne Boleyn, while the pope and most of Europe oppose him. His willful actions destroy his adviser, the brilliant Cardinal Wolsey, but into the vacuum steps Thomas Cromwell, a wholly original man, at once an idealist and an opportunist, a charmer and a bully. In masterful present-tense prose, Mantel presents a picture of a half-made society on the cusp of change, and imagines how this new man became the architect of England's break from the Catholic Church.

"Arch, elegant, richly detailed ... [the book's] main characters are scorchingly well rendered. And their sharp-clawed machinations are presented with nonstop verve in a book that can compress a wealth of incisiveness into a very few well-chosen words.... Deft and diabolical as they are, Ms. Mantel's slyly malicious turns of phrase ... succinctly capture the important struggles that have set her characters talking."NYTimes

 
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