Thursday, 23 April 2015

BRING UP THE BODIES– Hilary Mantel, 2012

With a title referring to the call asking for the accused to come to trial, this fine novel relates the fall of Anne Boleyn from the perspective of Thomas Cromwell.
I’m somewhat sceptical of prize winning novels. Sometimes, I feel, that it means they have ticked all the right boxes and the author knows who to wine and dine while raising all the right issues.
But Mantel continues to impress me, convincing us that Thomas Cromwell has had a raw deal, historically speaking, pushed out of the limelight by a ‘man for all seasons’.

Mantel does her work with skill and precision. She draws us into the Tudor court and holds us there, page by page. 

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