Hilary Mantel

Hilary Mantel was a renowned English writer best known for her historical novels, particularly the 'Wolf Hall' trilogy about the life of Thomas Cromwell. She won the Booker Prize twice, for 'Wolf Hall' and its sequel 'Bring Up the Bodies'. Her work is celebrated for its vivid historical detail and complex characterizations.


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  1. 1. Wolf Hall

    The novel is a historical fiction set in the 1500s, during the reign of King Henry VIII. The story is told from the perspective of Thomas Cromwell, a man of humble beginnings who rises to become the King's chief minister. The narrative explores the political and religious upheavals of the time, including King Henry's break with the Catholic Church and his controversial marriage to Anne Boleyn. The protagonist's cunning, ambition, and survival instincts are central to the plot as he navigates the treacherous waters of the Tudor court.

  2. 2. Bring Up the Bodies: A Novel

    This historical novel continues the story of Thomas Cromwell, advisor to King Henry VIII of England. The narrative follows Cromwell's rise in power and the political machinations that lead to the downfall of Anne Boleyn. It showcases the manipulative and treacherous world of the Tudor court, where a single misstep can lead to disgrace and execution. Despite the danger, Cromwell manages to navigate the treacherous waters, using his intelligence and cunning to survive.

  3. 3. A Place of Greater Safety

    This historical novel centers around the French Revolution and explores the lives and relationships of three of its key figures: Georges Danton, Maximilien Robespierre, and Camille Desmoulins. The story delves into their political and personal struggles, their rise to power, and their eventual downfall. The novel provides a detailed and vivid account of the tumultuous period, highlighting the chaos, violence, and upheavals of the revolution, while also giving an intimate portrayal of the characters' lives, friendships, and rivalries.

  4. 4. Giving up the Ghost

    "Giving up the Ghost" is a memoir that explores the author's life from her childhood in northern England, her struggles with chronic illness, to her journey as a successful writer. The book delves into her complex relationship with her parents, her experience with the supernatural, her struggle with endometriosis, and her exploration of her own identity. The narrative is a poignant exploration of the author's life, filled with introspection, humor, and resilience.