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This is book number 2 in the Wolf Hall Trilogy series.
"One of the greatest achievements of modern literature."—Man Booker Prize Committee
Winners of the Man Booker Prize and hugely successful stage plays in London's West End and on Broadway, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies bring history to life for a whole new audience having now been adapted into a six-part television series by the BBC and PBS Masterpiece.
Bring Up the Bodies unlocks the darkly glittering court of Henry VIII, where Thomas Cromwell is now chief minister. Henry is disenchanted with Anne Boleyn and has fixed his eye on the demure Jane Seymour. Anne has failed to give England an heir and rumors of her infidelity creep through the court. Over a few terrifying weeks, to dislodge her from her throne, Cromwell ensnares Anne in a web of conspiracy—acting to save his life, serve his king and secure his position. But from the bloody theater of the queen's final days, no one will emerge unscathed.
“Bring Up the Bodies isn't just [Mantel's] boldest book; it's also her best.” —NPR
“Sublime.” —The New York Times
“Alive, silvery, alert, rapid with insight.” —The New Yorker
“Astringent and purifying, stripping away the cobwebs and varnish of history.” —The New York Times Book Review
“Sparkles on every level.” —The Atlantic
“Stands magnificently on its own.” —Los Anegeles Times
“The finest works of historical fiction in contemporary literature.” —The Washington Post
“Makes the past present and vital.” —The Economist
“As exciting as any thriller.” —Entertainment Weekly
“Mantel knows what to select, how to make her scenes vivid, how to kindle her characters. She seems almost incapable of abstraction or fraudulence; she instinctively grabs for the reachably real...In short, this novelist has the maddeningly unteachable gift of being interesting.” —The New Yorker
“[Bring Up the Bodies] is astringent and purifying, stripping away the cobwebs and varnish of history, the antique formulations and brocaded sentimentality of costume drama novels, so that the English past comes to seem like something vivid , strange and brand new.” —The New York Times Book Review
“Two years ago something astonishingly fair happened in the world of prestigious prizes: the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction for 2009 both went to the right winner. The book was Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall, and it would have dwarfed the competition any year…It was a hard act to follow. But the follow-up is equally sublime…That ironic ending will be no cliffhanger for anyone even remotely familiar with Henry VIII's trail of carnage. But in Bring Up the Bodies it works as one. The wonder of Ms. Mantel's retelling is that she makes these events fresh and terrifying all over again.” —The New York Times
“Bring Up the Bodies isn't just her boldest book; it's also her best -- and it reaffirms Mantel's reputation as one of England's greatest living novelists.” —NPR
“Hilary Mantel made waves in 2009 with her Man Booker Prize-winning page-turner, Wolf Hall…The second in her planned trilogy, Bring Up the Bodies stalks Anne Boleyn and the soap-opera worthy machinations of Cromwell and his evil allies to bring down the powerful wife of the king. Who knew history could be so sexy?” —Vanity Fair
“What's being called the Wolf Hall Trilogy is a remarkable work in progress, a series that makes the past feel immediate and--this is the best part--unpredictable. Even if you know the history, you'll find yourself racing through these pages to find out what happens next.” —People
“After pulling off this literary feat twice, you realize the smartest person in the room isn't Cromwell after all--it's Mantel.” —The Huffington Post
“the finest works of historical fiction in contemporary literature.” —The Washington Post
“Fans of Wolf Hall will relish this book, but Bring Up the Bodies also stands alone…Her characters are real and vivid people who bring to life the clash of ideals that gripped England at the time. She makes the past present and vital.” —The Economist
“Bring Up the Bodies stands magnificently on its own...such is [Mantel's] skill” —LA Times
“You won't be able to tear your eyes away.” —The Seattle Times
“the worst that can be said about Mantel--her latest book makes you angry, because you want more.” —Slate
“In Mantel's hands, Cromwell's cunning, morally complicated orchestration of that historic slice through the royal neck is as exciting as any thriller.” —Entertainment Weekly
“With wit, daring style, and a staggering breadth of historical knowledge, Mantel breathes new life into reclaimed territory.” —Bookslut