Bring Up the Bodies

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Fourth Estate, 2012 - Great Britain - 411 pages

Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2012, the 2012 Costa Book of the Year and shortlisted for the 2013 Women's Prize for Fiction.

With this historic win for BRING UP THE BODIES, Hilary Mantel becomes the first British author and the first woman to be awarded two Man Booker Prizes, as well as being the first to win with two consecutive novels. Continuing what began in the Man Booker Prize-winning WOLF HALL, we return to the court of Henry VIII, to witness the irresistible rise of Thomas Cromwell as he contrives the destruction of Anne Boleyn.

By 1535 Cromwell is Chief Minister to Henry, his fortunes having risen with those of Anne Boleyn. But the split from the Catholic Church has left England dangerously isolated, and Anne has failed to give the king an heir. Cromwell watches as Henry falls for plain Jane Seymour. Negotiating the politics of the court, Cromwell must find a solution that will satisfy Henry, safeguard the nation and secure his own career. But neither minister nor king will emerge unscathed from the bloody theatre of Anne's final days.

An astounding literary accomplishment, BRING UP THE BODIES is the story of this most terrifying moment of history, by one of our greatest living novelists.

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I remember finding Wolf Hall a bit of a chore and so I had put off reading this for a while. In the end I found it more accessible than the first perhaps because it covered less ground. Henry still ... Read full review

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Even better, in my opinion, than Wolf Hall, Mantel’s first book in the trilogy/series! Mantel’s portrayal of Cromwell is that of a complicated man, even a hero of sorts (something that is not ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Hilary Mantel is the bestselling author of ten previous novels, including "Wolf Hall," which sold more than 200,000 copies and won the 2009 Man Booker Prize. Her previous works include her novel, "A Place of Greater Safety," and her memoir, "Giving Up the Ghost." She lives in England with her husband.

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