Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2012
The sequel to the Man Booker-winning Wolf Hall. "My boy Thomas, give him a dirty look and he’ll gouge your eye out. Trip him, and he’ll cut off your leg," says Walter Cromwell in the year 1500. "But if you don’t cut across him he’s a very gentleman. And he’ll stand anyone a drink." 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. But Henry’s actions have forced England into dangerous isolation, and Anne has failed to do what she promised: bear a son to secure the Tudor line.
When Henry visits Wolf Hall, Cromwell watches as Henry falls in love with the silent, plain Jane Seymour. The minister sees what is at stake: not just the king’s pleasure, but the safety of the nation. As he eases a way through the sexual politics of the court, its miasma of gossip, he must negotiate a "truth" that will satisfy Henry and secure his own career. But neither minister nor king will emerge undamaged from the bloody theatre of Anne’s final days.
In Bring up the Bodies, sequel to the Man Booker Prize-winning Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel explores one of the most mystifying and frightening episodes in English history: the destruction of Anne Boleyn. This new novel is a speaking picture, an audacious vision of Tudor England that sheds its light on the modern world. It is the work of one of our great writers at the height of her powers.
©2012 Hilary Mantel (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
I already listened to it twice back-to-back – the first time I've done that with an Audible book.
Julian is a terrific narrator, breathing life into the various characters with accents and voices that weren't over the top. The narration has more dynamic range than some, so some of the quieter bits can get lost if you're in a somewhat noisy environment listening on headphones – but this is not a criticism of the narrator.
Would like to have had the book in its unabridged version.
Yes, over and over again. Hilary Mantell's writing is masterly and is a joy to revisit.
Human faults are timeless, human strengths are timeless. This is a story about both strength and frailty, told with elegance, wit and skill.
The narration is sublime, we are not read to but are listening to the characters dice and duel with each other.
There is only one character and that is Thomas Cromwell.
Listen once, listen twice and maybe more. You will be rewarded!
Machinations of the King Henry the Eight's court
The first in the series Wolf Hall akin to the first movement of a symphony, dense and crowded, full of uncompleted narratives. Bring up the bodies is like the slow second movement, narratives that recall the first movement and one main theme, the downfall of Ann Boelyn.
There should be a third movement to compete the symphony.
Could have been more like Simon Vance who was magnificent in Wolf Hall.
Thomas Cromwell, a man of modern sensibilities, venal and pragmatic bureaucrat.
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