A two-ebook edition of the greatest literary sensation of recent times. Now the inspiration for a major BBC series, starring Mark Rylance and Damian Lewis and directed by Peter Kosminsky. WOLF HALL and BRING UP THE BODIES, the first two instalments in Hilary Mantel’s Tudor trilogy, have gathered readers and praise in equal and enormous measure. They have been credited with elevating historical fiction to new heights and animating a period of history many thought too well known to be made fresh. Through the eyes and ears of Thomas Cromwell, the books’ narrative prism, we are shown Tudor England, the court of King Henry VIII. 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. In WOLF HALL we witness Cromwell’s rise, beginning as clerk to Cardinal Wolsey, Henry’s chief advisor, charged with securing the divorce the pope refuses to grant. He is soon to become his successor. By 1535, when the action of BRING UP THE BODIES begins, Cromwell is Chief Minister to Henry, his fortunes having risen with those of Anne Boleyn, Henry’s second wife. Anne’s days, though, are marked. Cromwell watches as the king falls in love with silent, plain Jane Seymour, sensing what Henry’s affection will mean for his queen, for England, and for himself.
Praise for WOLF HALL: ‘Wonderful. As soon as I opened this book I was gripped. I read it almost non-stop’ The Times ‘Dizzyingly, dazzingly good’ Daily Mail ‘Genuinely outstanding’ Independent ‘So original and disconcerting that it will surely come to be seen as a paradigm-shifter’ Sunday Telegraph Praise for BRING UP THE BODIES: ‘Picks up the body parts where WOLF HALL left off … she's as deft and verbally adroit as ever’ Margaret Atwood, Guardian ‘Historical novel? Of course, and probably the best to be published since WOLF HALL Andrew Motion, The Times ‘BRING UP THE BODIES should net its author another Booker Prize’ New Statesman ‘A magnificent encore from first page to last’ Mail on Sunday
Hilary Mantel is one of Britain’s most accomplished, acclaimed and garlanded writers. Sir Peter Stothard, Chair of the judges for the Man Booker Prize 2012, hailed her as ‘the greatest modern English prose writer’. She is the author of thirteen books, including ‘A Place of Greater Safety’, ‘Beyond Black’, and the memoir ‘Giving Up the Ghost’. Her two most recent novels, ‘Wolf Hall’ and its sequel ‘Bring Up the Bodies’ have both been awarded The Man Booker Prize. In 2014 she was made a Dame.