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Wolf Hall (English) (Paperback)

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ISBN: 9780007353552    Publisher: HarperCollins Publisher Year of publishing: 2009     Format:  Paperback No of Pages: 653        Language: English
About the Book Famous historical accounts from medieval times have been recreated as fiction in Wolf Hall: Booker Prize Winner 2009. Written by Hilary Mantel, this book explores the life of Thomas Cromwell,...Read more
About the Book Famous historical accounts from medieval times have been recreated as fiction in Wolf Hall: Booker Prize Winner 2009. Written by Hilary Mantel, this book explores the life of Thomas Cromwell, a person who ruthlessly climbed the social ladder to be a king's personal advisor. Set in the time of Henry VIII, this piece of historical fiction gives readers the perspective of a man commonly judged as evil. Thomas Cromwell was the son of a blacksmith in medieval England and he had gone through many roles in life to rise as the King's Chief Minister. Cromwell was generally considered a villainous and unimportant personality by historians since his execution. However, this book gives a different perspective into the life Cromwell might have actually had. The author had thoroughly researched historical accounts from Henry VIII's time to cross-check facts for her book. It took her more than 5 years of research in order to satisfactorily write the novel. The recipient of the illustrious Booker prize, this novel gives a fascinating glimpse into the lives of the royalty during those times. Wolf Hall: Booker Prize Winner 2009 was published in 2009 by Fourth Estate. It is available for purchase in paperback format. Key Features A historical-fiction story that takes place during the reign of King Henry VIII. Features the life story of Thomas Cromwell, a man who rose from humble beginnings to become the King's Chief Minister. Historical facts thoroughly researched by the author in order to be as informative as possible. Winner of the 2009 Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critic Circle Award.
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About the author: Hilary Mantel was born in northern Derbyshire in 1952. She was educated at a convent school in Cheshire and went on to the LSE and Sheffield University, where she studied law. After university she was briefly a social worker in a geriatric hospital, and much later used her experiences in her novels ... View More Hilary Mantel was born in northern Derbyshire in 1952. She was educated at a convent school in Cheshire and went on to the LSE and Sheffield University, where she studied law. After university she was briefly a social worker in a geriatric hospital, and much later used her experiences in her novels Every Day is Mother's Day and Vacant Possession. In 1977 she went to live in Botswana with her husband, then a geologist. In 1982 they moved on to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, where she would set her third novel, Eight Months on Ghazzah Street. Her first novel was published in 1985, and she returned to the UK the following year. In 1987 she was awarded the Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize for travel writing, and became the film critic of the Spectator. Her fourth novel, Fludd, was awarded the Cheltenham Festival Prize, the Southern Arts Literature Prize, and the Winifred Holtby Prize. Her fifth novel, A Place of Greater Safety, won the Sunday Express Book of the Year Award. A Change of Climate, published in 1993, is the story of an East Anglian family, former missionaries, torn apart by conflicts generated in Southern Africa in the early years of Apartheid. An Experiment in Love published in 1995, is a story about childhood and university life, set in London in 1970. It was awarded the Hawthornden Prize. Beyond Black was shortlisted for the Orange Prize. She reviews widely for a range of newspapers and magazines, and is working on two new novels, one contemporary and one set in the late 18th century. Hilary Mantel is one of our most important living writers. She is the author of twelve books, including A Place of Greater Safety, Giving Up the Ghost, Beyond Black, which was shortlisted for the 2006 Orange Prize, and Wolf Hall, which won the 2009 Man Booker Prize.
About the AuthorHaving written more than 10 novels, Hilary Mantel is a British writer. She was awarded the Man Booker prize twice, once for her famous... Read more
About the AuthorHaving written more than 10 novels, Hilary Mantel is a British writer. She was awarded the Man Booker prize twice, once for her famous Wolf Hall and the other time for Bring Up The Bodies. Her other works include Beyond Black and An Experiment In Love.
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'This is a beautiful and profoundly human book, a dark mirror held up to our own world. And the fact that its conclusion takes place after the curtain has fallen only proves that Hilary Mantel is...Read more
'This is a beautiful and profoundly human book, a dark mirror held up to our own world. And the fact that its conclusion takes place after the curtain has fallen only proves that Hilary Mantel is one of our bravest as well as our most brilliant writers.' Olivia Laing, Observer 'As soon as I opened the book I was gripped. I read it almost non-stop. When I did have to put it down, I was full of regret that the story was over, a regret I still feel. This is a wonderful and intelligently imagined retelling of a familiar tale from an unfamiliar angle.' The Times 'Mantel is a writer who sees the skull beneath the skin, the worm in the bud, the child abuse in the suburbs and the rat in the mattress...Turning her attention to Tudor England, she makes that world at once so concrete you can smell the rain-drenched wool cloaks...This is a splendidly ambitious book...I wait greedily for the sequel, but "Wolf Hall" is already a feast.' Daily Telegraph 'A compelling and humane investigation of the cost of ambition.' Guardian 'Mantel's ability to pick out vivid scenes from sources and give them life within her fiction is quite exceptional...Vividly alive.' London Review of Books 'A stunning book. It breaks free of what the novel has become nowadays. I can't think of anything since "Middlemarch" which so convincingly builds a world.' Diana Athill
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