Bring Up the Bodies
By Hilary Mantel
(Picador, Paperback, 9781250024176, 432pp.)
Publication Date: May 7, 2013
Categories: Historical - General
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WINNER OF THE 2012 MAN BOOKER PRIZE
WINNER OF THE COSTA BOOK AWARD
SHORTLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE
Named One of the 10 Best Books of the Year by
The New York Times Book Review • The Washington Post • Publishers Weekly
Named a Best Book of the Year by
The New Yorker • Time • USA Today • The Economist • NPR • The Atlantic • Los Angeles Times • The Wall Street Journal • Chicago Tribune • Entertainment Weekly • The Daily Beast • Financial Times • The Christian Science Monitor • San Francisco Chronicle • Seattle Times •
The sequel to Hilary Mantel's 2009 Man Booker Prize winner and New York Times bestseller, Bring Up the Bodies delves into the heart of Tudor history with the downfall of Anne Boleyn.
Though he battled for years to marry her—a story told in Wolf Hall—Henry is now disenchanted with Anne Boleyn. She has failed to give him a son, and her sharp intelligence alienates his old friends and the noble families of England. At a word from Henry, Thomas Cromwell is ready to bring her down. Over a few terrifying weeks, Cromwell ensnares her in a web of conspiracy, while the demure Jane Seymour waits her turn for the poisoned wedding ring. But Anne and her powerful family will not yield without a ferocious struggle, and to defeat the Boleyns, Cromwell must now ally himself with his enemies. What price will he pay for Anne’s head?
Hailed around the world as a stunning literary achievement, Bring Up the Bodies evokes this frightening episode of English history as no book has before.
Hilary Mantel is the bestselling author of many novels including Wolf Hall, which won the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction. Bring Up the Bodies, Book Two of the Thomas Cromwell Trilogy, was also awarded the Man Booker Prize and the Costa Book Award. She is also the author of A Change of Climate, A Place of Greater Safety, Eight Months on Ghazzah Street, An Experiment in Love, The Giant, O'Brien, Fludd, Beyond Black, Every Day Is Mother's Day, and Vacant Possession. She has also written a memoir, Giving Up the Ghost. Mantel was the winner of the Hawthornden Prize, and her reviews and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, and the London Review of Books. She lives in England with her husband.
Hilary Mantel is the first woman to win the Man Booker Prize twice, first for her 2009 novel, Wolf Hall, and now for that book's 2012 sequel, Bring Up the Bodies. The novels are part of a historical fiction trilogy about Tudor England and the events surrounding the reign of King Henry VIII. More at NPR.org
These five books will give you literary jet lag â�� a yearning to linger in the world of the author's imagination, and a reluctance to return to your own. The research is so deep it becomes invisible, and these writers are trusted guides, gently nudging and leading you through each tale. More at NPR.org
Hilary Mantel's new book, Bring Up the Bodies, is the sequel to Wolf Hall, which won worldwide acclaim. It is also the latest in a planned trilogy about Thomas Cromwell. Historically, the royal adviser is considered an unscrupulous bully. In Mantel's books, he is â�� like any other man â�� much more than his reputation. More at NPR.org
“Darkly magnificent...Mantel animates history with a political and psychological acuity equal to Tolstoy’s.”—The Washington Post
“Beautifully constructed...The wonder of Mantel’s retelling is that she makes these events fresh and terrifying all over again....Sublime.”—Janet Maslin, The New York Times
“Marvelous, intoxicating…Read Bring Up the Bodies for its chilling character profile, its period details on jousting and Tudor kitchens, its congregation of the seven deadly sins….Nobody should skip a heady word of Mantel’s planned trilogy.”—The Cleveland Plain Dealer
“Mantel has the maddeningly unteachable gift of being interesting....All is alive, silvery, alert, rapid with insight.”—James Wood, The New Yorker
“Lovely, present and thrilling.”—Gillian Flynnn, author of Gone Girl
“Meticulously crafted…Superb…Highly entertaining…Brilliant.”—Slate
“There is no one else writing with Mantel’s verve and control, her talent for richly wrought story, crisp pace, and direct prose.”—The Miami Herald
“Mantel writes the kind of sentences you want to live in….Bring Up the Bodies isn’t just her boldest book, it’s also her best.”—Michael Schaub, NPR
"[Bring Up the Bodies] is astringent and purifying, stripping away the cobwebs and varnish of history, the antique formulations and brocaded sentimentality of costume drama novels, so that the English past comes to seem like something vivid , strange and brand new."—The New York Times Book Review
"Hilary Mantel made waves in 2009 with her Man Booker Prize-winning page-turner, Wolf Hall…The second in her planned trilogy, Bring Up the Bodies stalks Anne Boleyn and the soap-opera worthy machinations of Cromwell and his evil allies to bring down the powerful wife of the king. Who knew history could be so sexy?"—Vanity Fair
"What’s being called the Wolf Hall Trilogy is a remarkable work in progress, a series that makes the past feel immediate and—this is the best part—unpredictable. Even if you know the history, you’ll find yourself racing through these pages to find out what happens next."—People
"After pulling off this literary feat twice, you realize the smartest person in the room isn't Cromwell after all—it’s Mantel."—The Huffington Post
"Fans of Wolf Hall will relish this book, but Bring Up the Bodies also stands alone…Her characters are real and vivid people who bring to life the clash of ideals that gripped England at the time. She makes the past present and vital."—The Economist
"Bring Up the Bodies stands magnificently on its own...such is [Mantel's] skill"—LA Times
"You won't be able to tear your eyes away."—The Seattle Times
"In Mantel's hands, Cromwell's cunning, morally complicated orchestration of that historic slice through the royal neck is as exciting as any thriller."—Entertainment Weekly
"With wit, daring style, and a staggering breadth of historical knowledge, Mantel breathes new life into reclaimed territory."—Bookslut