Bring Up the Bodies
By Hilary Mantel
(Picador, Paperback, 9781250024176, 432pp.)
Publication Date: May 7, 2013
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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
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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 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