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Book Reviews: Bring Up the Bodies/The Golem and the Jinni

Bring Up the Bodies, Hilary Mantel

The second in the Thomas Cromwell series did not quite live up the first. Mantel strays too far from the existing information about Cromwell and shifts from Historical Fiction into a speculative, imaginative treatment that has us spending a great deal of time in Cromwell’s fantasy world. 160 more words

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Just Read: Wolf Hall By Hilary Mantel (Audiobook Review)

I’ve had my fare share of trials and tribulations with audiobooks. I must have started at least 10 that I’ve decided to stop listening to within the first few chapters. 1,627 more words

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Greater Minds: Hilary Mantel on adapting the past

The Reith Lectures are an annual pleasure from the BBC to the world. Every year, a prominent speaker gives a series of lectures on a subject close to their heart, followed by questions from an audience that usually includes some equally prominent names. 1,788 more words

Wednesday Pontification

Bringing History to Life Again

Three years ago I wrote a post called Bringing History to Life, about Hilary Mantel’s two masterpieces, Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies… 439 more words

Anne Boleyn

“Jane rises. A stiff rustle from the carnation sprigs. She leans over the king’s chair and taps the back of his hand: briskly, as if she were testing a cheese.”

-Hilary Mantel

Simile

WAIT FOR YOUR TRILOGIES: A PROPOSED RULE

You’d think I’d know better, but I’m willing to let other people profit from my own mistake, and learn the rule I’m seemingly incapable of following myself, which is: … 747 more words

BRING UP THE BODIES - Hilary Mantel (2012)

Reviewing a sequel is a bit harder: you can’t spoil too much for readers that haven’t read the previous book, and there’s the danger of just repeating oneself if the books are similar. 1,481 more words

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