by Mantel, Hilary, 1952-

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Paperback
ISBN:
9780007230204
Published:
04 March 2010
Publisher:
Fourth Estate
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Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2009 'Lock Cromwell in a deep dungeon in the morning,' says Thomas More, 'and when you come back that night he'll be sitting on a plush cushion eating larks' tongues, and all the gaolers will owe him money.' England, the 1520s. Henry VIII is on the throne, but has no heir. Cardinal Wolsey is his chief advisor, charged with securing the divorce the pope refuses to grant. Into this atmosphere of distrust and need comes Thomas Cromwell, first as Wolsey's clerk, and later his successor. 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. Ruthless in pursuit of his own interests, he is as ambitious in his wider politics as he is for himself. His reforming agenda is carried out in the grip of a self-interested parliament and a king who fluctuates between romantic passions and murderous rages. From one of our finest living writers, 'Wolf Hall' is that very rare thing: a truly great English novel, one that explores the intersection of individual psychology and wider politics. With a vast array of characters, and richly overflowing with incident, it peels back history to show us Tudor England as a half-made society, moulding itself with great passion, suffering and courage.

  • Wolf Hall / Feature / Sunday Times / Sunday / 08 Dec 2013

    Headline: Hilary Mantel's Booker prize winning novels are being dramatised for the first time

    Star Rating: 4 Stars

  • Wolf Hall / Feature / Guardian / Saturday / 18 May 2013

    Authors annotate their own first edition. Pages featured in this article. The books will be auctioned at Sotheby's in aid of English PEN › Read full review

    Star Rating: 5 Stars

  • 41. Wolf Hall Hilary Mantel / Feature / Times Education Supplement / Monday / 08 Apr 2013

    Times Education Supplement Teachers' Favourite Books › Read full review

    Star Rating: 4 Stars

  • Wolf Hall / Column / Scotsman / Saturday / 04 Aug 2012

    Star Rating: 1 Stars

  • Wolf Hall / Feature / "Herald, Scotland" / Saturday / 28 Jul 2012

    Headline:Is the defining novel a gift or a curse?

    Star Rating: 3 Stars

  • Hilary Mantel: a Culture Show Special / Documentary / BBC2 / Saturday / 17 Sep 2011 / 20:00

    Author Hilary Mantel talks about her life and career.

  • Open Book / Arts / BBC Radio 4 / Thursday / 02 Jun 2011 / 16:00

    Featuring an interview with Hilary Mantel, author of Booker prize winning novel Wolf Hall

  • Open Book / Arts / BBC Radio 4 / Sunday / 29 May 2011 / 16:00

    Featuring an interview with Hilary Mantel, author of Booker prize winning novel Wolf Hall

  • Wolf Hall / News / Sunday Times / Sunday / 27 Mar 2011

    Headline: Mantel 'wrote herself healthy'

    Star Rating: 2 Stars

  • Wolf Hall / Feature / Guardian / Saturday / 01 Jan 2011

    Feature: The book that really blew me away - Guardian readers' books of 2010

    Star Rating: 4 Stars

  • Wolf Hall / Feature / Mail on Sunday / Sunday / 12 Dec 2010

    Feature: Paperbacks of the Year Sunday mail 2010

    Star Rating: 4 Stars

  • Stars of The National Book Awards / Book Awards / More4 / Sunday / 12 Dec 2010 / 19:30

  • Wolf Hall / Feature / Financial Times / Saturday / 11 Dec 2010

    Feature: Women leading from the front

    Star Rating: 4 Stars

  • Wolf Hall / News / Sunday Times / Sunday / 05 Dec 2010

    Star Rating: 3 Stars

  • Wolf Hall / News / Sunday Times / Sunday / 05 Dec 2010

    Headline: Wolf Hall author in clash with the devil

    Star Rating: 3 Stars