I was not surprised at all that this won the Booker prize. It is a fascinating and utterly convincing story, retelling the nine months leading up to the execution of Anne Boleyn. I’ve started rereading and find it even better a second time. If you can, try to read Wolf Hall first to understand better the rise of Thomas Cromwell, whose story this is.
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BRING UP THE BODIES By Hilary Mantel Fourth Estate. 410 pages. £20.00 ISBN 978 0 007 315 093
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