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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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  • areyousittingcomfortably?
  • 05-13-18

The accessible face of Thomas Cromwell?

I simply enjoyed this more than its equally eminent predecessor, 'Wolf Hall'. The more striking narration contributes to this (Wolf Hall's narrator Simon Slater is good, although I found Simon Vance a more compelling presence). Both books drench the reader in Tudor detail from physical scenes to labyrinthine politics, conjuring vivid images on almost every page. However, Hilary Mantel's narrative in BuTB is more adept at reminding the reader exactly who is who and what they want, without ever over-explaining. I was slightly dreading BUtB after a moderate struggle to keep track of the extensive cast and follow their machinations in WH, but I am now eagerly awaiting The Mirror and the Light - along with millions of other fans, I am sure.

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  • Mary Yelland
  • 04-03-18

I must read this again immediately

Started this the same day as finishing Wolf Hall. Finished it thefollowing day. Where oh where is part 3? (in which we know what's coming ) Hang on to your little black hats 🤤

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  • jenny Spooner
  • 03-28-18

brilliant

story very entertaining reader was excellent and a all round enjoyable download awaiting the next book.

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  • Brian Larkin
  • 03-08-18

Fantastic sequel

I love historical fiction and this ticked all the boxes. Highly recommended though I think I preferred The narration on Wolf Hall.

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  • Antonio Konitsiotis
  • 02-15-18

Was expecting more but not dissapointed

In all honesty, this was not my genre of book, but I had been given a few glowing reviews from family members and obviously had seen the accolades the book had one, so I thought I would give it a shot.
The story deals with a very intriguing person and time in Englands history, and credit to the author it paints a very life-like image of the time and of the political intrigue. Unfortunately my knowledge of the period was limited (I am Greek after all) but not knowing most of the characters didn't diminish the book for me.
The story was good enough although for me lacked any gratifying conclusion (either an ending or a continuation) and at times found my self having lost the thread of the narrative. Narration by Simon Vance was suitably dark but other than being clear it was a bit monotone for me.
Overall, I don't regret having learnt a bit more about a very interesting time of British history and enjoyed the life-like depiction of the intrigue and politics, which is often not portrayed well in history books. But I don't think I will be coming back for more.

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  • Heisenberg
  • 02-03-18

Transported to the court of King Henry VIII

Wonderful book and worthy successor to Wolf Hall. As with the first book, it is like being transported to the court of King Henry VIII. Faultless book and equally faultless narration.

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  • Mary Carnegie
  • 10-16-17

Great sequel

Well written, well read. The book has a good pace, and of course a broad cast of characters! Monarchs are never alone, even on the loo...
Many historical novels have been written about this era, but most often it is the women who are centre-stage. Thomas Cromwell, usually cast as a villain without redeeming features, makes a complex and intriguing (in both senses) protagonist. Bring on the next set of bodies...

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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.