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“You can be merry with the king, you can share a joke with him. But as Thomas More used to say, it’s like sporting with a tamed lion. 

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Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel

Bring Up the Bodies is the second instalment in Hilary Mantel’s trilogy about Thomas Cromwell’s life. It follows on from Wolf Hall, and will be succeeded by… 1,000 more words


Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies

The first time I read Wolf Hall I found myself continually distracted as I compared it to Dorothy Sayers’ Gaudy Night. Perhaps that’s an odd comparison: a historical biographical novel against an academic murder mystery, but Mantel’s subtlety of prose and use of irony kept me thinking over and over about Sayers. 1,678 more words

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Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies


Wolf Hall

Read 30/01/2015-07/02/2015

Rating: 4 stars

Bring Up The Bodies

Read 07/02/2015-08/02/2015

Rating: 3 stars

I heard mixed things about Hilary Mantel‘s imagining of the life of Thomas Cromwell. 633 more words

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