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Anticipating Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel

I’ve dropped enough hints I hope to make sure that in a few days time, I will be opening a birthday present to find myself the owner of the new Hilary Mantel novel  Bring up the Bodies. After reading the review in the New York Times I know I have  a nail-biting few weeks ahead of me.

Ever since Mantel announced she was writing a sequel to her Man Booker prize-winning novel Wolf Hall, expectations have been running high. I’m a history fan and used to devour every Jean Plaidy I could get my hands on when I was in my teens but every historical fiction book I’ve read since then has disappointed. The narratives were clunky;  the characters stereotypes and the whole thing just felt predicable. All that changed with Wolf Hall. I couldn’t imagine how anyone could read it in one sitting as the blurb on the back of my copy claimed one critic did, but it was certainly not a book that I could put down easily. From the immediacy of the opening scene where the young Thomas Cromwell gets his head kicked

Follow up novels are a difficult act to pull off but it seems that Mantel has done it. “Equally sublime”, “beautifully constructed” comments Janet Maslin. Roll on the 19th!


Naturally it didn’t take me too long to read the book – you can see my review here


What do you need to know about me? 1. I'm from Wales which is one of the countries in the UK and must never be confused with England. 2. My life has always revolved around the written and spoken word. I worked as a journalist for nine years then in international corporate communications 3. My tastes in books are eclectic. I love realism and hate science fiction and science fantasy. 4. I am trying to broaden my reading horizons geographically by reading more books in translation

3 thoughts on “Anticipating Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel

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  • Bring Up the Bodies is even better! Definitely the best book I’ve read this year so far.

    • For some reason your comment went into the spam folder so have only just seen it Gayla. Sorry about that! Mantel is sitting on my bedside table and I’m itching to get started – but first have to finish another gripping novel (Siege of Krishnapur)


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