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In the ruthless arena of King Henry VIIIs court, only one man dares to gamble his life to win the kings favor and ascend to the heights of political power

England in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years, and marry Anne Boleyn. The pope and most of Europe opposes him. The quest for the kings freedom destroys his adviser, the brilliant Cardinal Wolsey, and leaves a power vacuum.

Into this impasse steps Thomas Cromwell. Cromwell is a wholly original man, a charmer and a bully, both idealist and opportunist, astute in reading people and a demon of energy: he is also a consummate politician, hardened by his personal losses, implacable in his ambition. But Henry is volatile: one day tender, one day murderous. Cromwell helps him break the opposition, but what will be the price of his triumph?

In inimitable style, Hilary Mantel presents a picture of a half-made society on the cusp of change, where individuals fight or embrace their fate with passion and courage. With a vast array of characters, overflowing with incident, the novel re-creates an era when the personal and political are separated by a hairbreadth, where success brings unlimited power but a single failure means death.

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"Set aside a full day to savor Simon Slater's delightful reading of the Booker Prize — winning tale of Henry VIII's court, seen through the eyes of his adviser Thomas Cromwell. Mantel's revisionist take turns Cromwell — so frequently vilified as in A Man for All Seasons — into a modern sort of hero, shrewd and adaptable. Slater's narration is nuanced and precise; he breathes feeling and subtle shades of emotion into every exchange of dialogue. His is a heroic undertaking, and he does admirable justice to Mantel's lucid prose and juicy plot. A Holt hardcover (Reviews, Aug. 17). (Dec.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

In the ruthless arena of King Henry VIIIs court, one man dares to gamble his life to win the kings favor and ascend to the heights of political power.

About the Author

Hilary Mantel is the author of nine previous novels, including A Change of Climate, A Place of Greater Safety, and Eight Months on Ghazzah Street. She has also written a memoir, Giving Up the Ghost. Winner of the Hawthornden Prize, she reviews for The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, and the London Review of Books. She lives in England.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781427210166
Author:
Mantel, Hilary
Publisher:
MacMillan Audio
Read by:
Slater, Simon
Read:
Slater, Simon
Author:
Slater, Simon
Subject:
General
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Unabridged
Publication Date:
20091131
Binding:
COMPACT DISC
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
18 CDs, 23 hours
Dimensions:
5.13 x 5.88 in
Media Run Time:
380

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Set aside a full day to savor Simon Slater's delightful reading of the Booker Prize — winning tale of Henry VIII's court, seen through the eyes of his adviser Thomas Cromwell. Mantel's revisionist take turns Cromwell — so frequently vilified as in A Man for All Seasons — into a modern sort of hero, shrewd and adaptable. Slater's narration is nuanced and precise; he breathes feeling and subtle shades of emotion into every exchange of dialogue. His is a heroic undertaking, and he does admirable justice to Mantel's lucid prose and juicy plot. A Holt hardcover (Reviews, Aug. 17). (Dec.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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