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Publisher's Summary

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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  • Miss L E Anderson
  • 09-22-17

simply fantastic

I loved it
The narration was captivating
The story was riveting
i highly recommend this book to everyone

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  • esther curry
  • 08-26-17

perfect

everything i was anticipating from tge wolf hall sequel. beautifully written wonderfully narrated. what a joy! my second time round

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  • LvS
  • 08-22-17

Captivating

What a delightful story beautifully read. I was transposed into a world long gone and enjoyed every moment.

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  • Georgia
  • 07-30-17

Bit bored

It had all the trappings of a good series at first. Ultimately though I think it fell short of bringing the past to life and just played into well worn stereotypes of the Tudor royal life. CJ Sansom does it better. I listened to the hilary mantel lectures on r4 and she defended the historical writer's right to imagine the past. Wish she had a bit more.

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  • L. D. Otter
  • 07-14-17

Glad I persevered

I listened to Wolf Hall and found it hard going.

Why I decided to buy the 2nd book I still don't know.

I'm glad I did. I either got used to the style or it was not as heavy going as the first book.

Very enjoyable and a great insight into an interesting period in our history. I

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-02-17

excellent

it was excellent but it did take me a little while to adapt to a different narrator having finished Wolf Hall only the previous day.

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  • elizabeth askill
  • 06-23-17

another great book

another great book wolf hall and bring out the bodies listened in wrong order but enjoyed immensely

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  • ms
  • 06-02-17

A brilliant book

enjoyed this so much...a new take on Cromwell, Boleyn and Henry. Superb writing, the best narrator you can get ...convincing, easy to listen to, just perfect...

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  • Janet
  • 05-10-17

Excellent

This is a wonderful book, brilliantly narrated. I shall listen to it many times again.

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  • Granny June
  • 01-31-17

Compelling

Even though I knew the outcome , I found this book! compelling. The descriptions are vivid and the speech come across as natural. It's almost as if Cranmer is in the room with you. The narrator is excellent.