Costa Book of the Year, 2012
UK Author of the Year - Specsavers National Book Awards, 2012
Man Booker Prize, Fiction, 2012
By 1535 Thomas Cromwell, the blacksmith's son, is far from his humble origins. Chief Minister to Henry VIII, his fortunes have risen with those of Anne Boleyn, Henry’s second wife, for whose sake Henry has broken with Rome and created his own church.
In Bring Up the Bodies, Hilary Mantel explores one of the most mystifying and frightening episodes in English history: the destruction of Anne Boleyn. This new novel is an audacious vision of Tudor England that sheds its light on the modern world.
©2012 Tertius Enterprises (P)2012 Macmillan Audio
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I had no hesitation in downloading this in order to see what went next after reading Wolf Hall. I really enjoyed the listening too. It was a bit of a downer to discover that there was another volume (hopefully only one) to go! But, somehow, I'm not too bitter. Hope Simon Vance is booked in for it though.
"Excellent - historical writing at its best"
This is a brilliant follow up to Wolf Hall. Mantel completely submerses you in the rich environment of the time. You feel you are there, standing next to Cromwell, listening to the conversations, feeling the tensions and stresses of life at court. I didn't know much about Cromwell before I read the books but now I feel like his story is being played out celebrity style in front my eyes. I can't wait for the third part of the trilogy even though it final act is sure to be one that breaks my heart.
I have greatly enjoyed both the books in this series. A very interesting narrative style combined with excellent research to create a tale as engaging on the minutiae of accountancy and the wool industry as it is on the political machinations of Thomas Cromwell.
"GOOD HISTORICAL ACCOUNT"
HILARY MANTEL'S BOOK IS VERY WELL RESEARCHED AND VERY MUCH TRUE TO LIFE. THE LANGUAGE, HOWEVER, ALTHOUGH VERY DESCRIPTIVE IS QUITE 'SHARP' AND DEROGATORY IN SOME PARTS. PLEASANT HISTORICALLY THOUGH NOT SO PLEASANT LISTENING TO IT
"just anther fan"
this sequel to Wolf Hall was just as good to listen to. I really enjoyed the different perspective on a well known plot. even though he was clearly a tough character I felt real empathy with Cromwell, and enjoyed the unusual interactions that put him at the centre while the more famous were off to the side of the narrative.
"Bring Up the Bodies (Parts 1 & 2)"
Brilliantly read by Simon Vance, a fascinating discourse between Henry VIII and the people surrounding him during the years of his six marriages. Written in modern language it cleverly captures the essence of the period with humour, horror and shocks in equal measure, keeping the listener constantly interested and enthralled.
"Very impressive and gripping"
This is a gripping audiobook which builds on Wolfe Hall but also stands on its own, it has really ignited my long forgotten interest in history. I can't wait until the next one in the series is released, and I will look out for her other books.
Buy it now!!!!!!!
"Witty, charming and worth your time"
My only regret was not being able to give it longer listening sessions. It pulls you in and before you know it, you are a fly on the wall following Cromwell. A must have for any collection.
A compelling read. I loved this book so much that as soon as I finished it I started it again from the beginning. A worthy sequel to the fabulous Wolf Hall well written and a great story. I didn't know much about ths period of history and I found myself often researching the historical figures and their lives, fascinating!! I look forward to the next book.
"Transport to a bygone era!"
This is a fantastically written novel bringing King Henry VIII court alive. I was completely transported into the intrigues of court life. If you are a lover of history and have struggled to remember his wives and exactly what did happen and to whom this is the book for you! The story follows Cromwell after Thomas Moores death and through his loyalty to the king, read self preservation, helps him with the Kings split from the Catholic Church which occurred with the Kings desire, to severe ties with his wife Anne Boleyn and be allowed to marry Jayne Seymour.
Hilary Mantel gives a chilling reminder of how many deaths were required to achieve the lustful aims of one powerful man.
It was captivating listening while I hung out my smalls and would recommend it.
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