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Would the sequel live up to expectations? Actually, yes. Hilary Mantel's talent for rich detail and sensuous atmosphere is still apparent, and Bring Up the Bodies is, in some ways, a much more gripping, riveting, and textured read than Wolf Hall. For one thing, the plotting is tighter. We know what's going to happen, but watching Cromwell plotting, planning, and out-maneuvering his rivals and enemies still makes for extremely fascinating reading.
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The sequel to Hilary Mantel's 2009 Man Booker Prize winner and New York Times bestseller, Wolf Hall delves into the heart of Tudor history with the downfall of Anne Boleyn.

Though he battled for seven years to marry her, Henry is disenchanted with Anne Boleyn. She has failed to give him a son and her sharp intelligence and audacious will alienate his old friends and the noble families of England. When the discarded Katherine dies in exile from the court, Anne stands starkly exposed, the focus of gossip and malice.

At a word from Henry, Thomas Cromwell is ready to bring her down. Over three terrifying weeks, Anne is ensnared in a web of conspiracy, while the demure Jane Seymour stands waiting her turn for the poisoned wedding ring. But Anne and her powerful family will not yield without a ferocious struggle. Hilary Mantel's Bring Up the Bodies follows the dramatic trial of the queen and her suitors for adultery and treason. To defeat the Boleyns, Cromwell must ally with his natural enemies, the papist aristocracy. What price will he pay for Anne's head?

Review:

"When last we saw Thomas Cromwell, hero of Mantel's 2009 Man Booker Prize-winning Wolf Hall, he'd successfully moved emperors, queens, courtiers, the pope, and Thomas More to secure a divorce and a new, younger queen for his patron, Henry the VIII. Now, in the second book of a planned trilogy, Cromwell, older, tired, with more titles and power, has to get Henry out of another heirless marriage. The historical facts are known: this is not about what happens, but about how. And armed with street smarts, vast experience and connections, a ferociously good memory, and a patient taste for revenge, Mantel's Cromwell is a master of how. Like its predecessor, the book is written in the present tense, rare for a historical novel. But the choice makes the events unfold before us: one wrong move and all could be lost. Also repeated is Mantel's idiosyncratic use of 'he:' regardless of the rules of grammar, rest assured 'he' is always Cromwell. By this second volume, however, Mantel has taught us how to read her, and seeing Cromwell manipulate and outsmart the nobles who look down on him, while moving between his well-managed domestic arrangements and the murky world of accusations and counteraccusations is pure pleasure. Cromwell may, as we learn in the first volume, look 'like a murderer,' but he's mighty good company. Agent: Bill Hamilton, A.M. Heath." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Review:

"Mantel knows what to select, how to make her scenes vivid, how to kindle her characters. She seems almost incapable of abstraction or fraudulence; she instinctively grabs for the reachably real....In short, this novelist has the maddeningly unteachable gift of being interesting." The New Yorker

Review:

"[Bring Up the Bodies] is astringent and purifying, stripping away the cobwebs and varnish of history, the antique formulations and brocaded sentimentality of costume drama novels, so that the English past comes to seem like something vivid, strange and brand new." The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Two years ago something astonishingly fair happened in the world of prestigious prizes: the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction for 2009 both went to the right winner. The book was Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall, and it would have dwarfed the competition any year....It was a hard act to follow. But the follow-up is equally sublime....That ironic ending will be no cliffhanger for anyone even remotely familiar with Henry VIIIs trail of carnage. But in Bring Up the Bodies it works as one. The wonder of Ms. Mantel's retelling is that she makes these events fresh and terrifying all over again." The New York Times

Review:

"Bring Up the Bodies isn't just her boldest book; it's also her best — and it reaffirms Mantel's reputation as one of England's greatest living novelists." NPR

Review:

"Hilary Mantel made waves in 2009 with her Man Booker Prize-winning page-turner, Wolf Hall....The second in her planned trilogy, Bring Up the Bodies stalks Anne Boleyn and the soap-opera worthy machinations of Cromwell and his evil allies to bring down the powerful wife of the king. Who knew history could be so sexy?" Vanity Fair

About the Author

Hilary Mantel is the bestselling author of ten previous novels, including Wolf Hall, which sold more than 200,000 copies and won the 2009 Man Booker Prize. Her previous works include her novel, A Place of Greater Safety, and her memoir, Giving Up the Ghost. She lives in England with her husband.

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Art Librarian, January 12, 2013 (view all comments by Art Librarian)
I'm a self-confessed historical fiction nut, but this one (and its predecessor, Wolf Hall) elevated the genre to unexpected heights. The flow and excellence of the language, the details of life in Tudor England, the machinations of politics and life at court, and the knife-sharp characterizations of both well-known and lesser players are all exquisitely portrayed. I wait with bated breath the conclusion of the trilogy.
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EdwardHakim, December 20, 2012 (view all comments by EdwardHakim)
This novel is a brilliant accomplishment; I'd urge anyone interested in history to read it as a matter of course, and even those who were lukewarm about its predecessor to at least give it a try, as I think it is better, and more focused. (I'd still rate both books as the full five stars, however.) The style, the tight plotting, the characterizations, and Mantel's ability to capture England itself and the mundane details of 16th century English life, are without parallel. This goes straight to the top of the list of the best novels I've read this year, and I can't see how it might be displaced.
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Bethany Dotson, October 26, 2012 (view all comments by Bethany Dotson)
Obviously, the biggest news recently is Hilary Mantel's SECOND Man Booker--and yet, I think if this book had been stand alone (as the previous commenter mentioned that it could have been), it still would've merited the prize. I never thought that the story of Thomas Cromwell & Anne Boleyn could ever interest me again (thank you, Philippa Gregory)--but Hilary Mantel brings Thomas Cromwell to life in a completely new way, and makes it feel like a completely new story. I loved it. I even accidentally marked it non-fiction on my bookshelf; it reads like history (in the best way possible), but has the drama of the best production. The characters are believable, alive, dramatic, and spectacular. The most amazing part? Somehow, Mantel writes so that I can actually keep the characters in each "team" straight--possibly the biggest coup of them all.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780805090031
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Mantel, Hilary
Author:
Vance, Simon
Publisher:
Picador
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
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Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20130326
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Language:
English
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Pages:
480
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Would the sequel live up to expectations? Actually, yes. Hilary Mantel's talent for rich detail and sensuous atmosphere is still apparent, and Bring Up the Bodies is, in some ways, a much more gripping, riveting, and textured read than Wolf Hall. For one thing, the plotting is tighter. We know what's going to happen, but watching Cromwell plotting, planning, and out-maneuvering his rivals and enemies still makes for extremely fascinating reading.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "When last we saw Thomas Cromwell, hero of Mantel's 2009 Man Booker Prize-winning Wolf Hall, he'd successfully moved emperors, queens, courtiers, the pope, and Thomas More to secure a divorce and a new, younger queen for his patron, Henry the VIII. Now, in the second book of a planned trilogy, Cromwell, older, tired, with more titles and power, has to get Henry out of another heirless marriage. The historical facts are known: this is not about what happens, but about how. And armed with street smarts, vast experience and connections, a ferociously good memory, and a patient taste for revenge, Mantel's Cromwell is a master of how. Like its predecessor, the book is written in the present tense, rare for a historical novel. But the choice makes the events unfold before us: one wrong move and all could be lost. Also repeated is Mantel's idiosyncratic use of 'he:' regardless of the rules of grammar, rest assured 'he' is always Cromwell. By this second volume, however, Mantel has taught us how to read her, and seeing Cromwell manipulate and outsmart the nobles who look down on him, while moving between his well-managed domestic arrangements and the murky world of accusations and counteraccusations is pure pleasure. Cromwell may, as we learn in the first volume, look 'like a murderer,' but he's mighty good company. Agent: Bill Hamilton, A.M. Heath." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "Mantel knows what to select, how to make her scenes vivid, how to kindle her characters. She seems almost incapable of abstraction or fraudulence; she instinctively grabs for the reachably real....In short, this novelist has the maddeningly unteachable gift of being interesting."
"Review" by , "[Bring Up the Bodies] is astringent and purifying, stripping away the cobwebs and varnish of history, the antique formulations and brocaded sentimentality of costume drama novels, so that the English past comes to seem like something vivid, strange and brand new."
"Review" by , "Two years ago something astonishingly fair happened in the world of prestigious prizes: the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction for 2009 both went to the right winner. The book was Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall, and it would have dwarfed the competition any year....It was a hard act to follow. But the follow-up is equally sublime....That ironic ending will be no cliffhanger for anyone even remotely familiar with Henry VIIIs trail of carnage. But in Bring Up the Bodies it works as one. The wonder of Ms. Mantel's retelling is that she makes these events fresh and terrifying all over again."
"Review" by , "Bring Up the Bodies isn't just her boldest book; it's also her best — and it reaffirms Mantel's reputation as one of England's greatest living novelists."
"Review" by , "Hilary Mantel made waves in 2009 with her Man Booker Prize-winning page-turner, Wolf Hall....The second in her planned trilogy, Bring Up the Bodies stalks Anne Boleyn and the soap-opera worthy machinations of Cromwell and his evil allies to bring down the powerful wife of the king. Who knew history could be so sexy?"
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