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    Wolf Hall (Fourth Estate) (Paperback) By (author) Hilary Mantel

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    DescriptionWinner of the Man Booker Prize 2009 'Lock Cromwell in a deep dungeon in the morning,' says Thomas More, 'and when you come back that night he'll be sitting on a plush cushion eating larks' tongues, and all the gaolers will owe him money.' England, the 1520s. Henry VIII is on the throne, but has no heir. Cardinal Wolsey is his chief advisor, charged with securing the divorce the pope refuses to grant. Into this atmosphere of distrust and need comes Thomas Cromwell, first as Wolsey's clerk, and later his successor. Cromwell is a wholly original man: the son of a brutal blacksmith, a political genius, a briber, a charmer, a bully, a man with a delicate and deadly expertise in manipulating people and events. Ruthless in pursuit of his own interests, he is as ambitious in his wider politics as he is for himself. His reforming agenda is carried out in the grip of a self-interested parliament and a king who fluctuates between romantic passions and murderous rages. From one of our finest living writers, 'Wolf Hall' is that very rare thing: a truly great English novel, one that explores the intersection of individual psychology and wider politics. With a vast array of characters, and richly overflowing with incident, it peels back history to show us Tudor England as a half-made society, moulding itself with great passion, suffering and courage.


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  • The meaning of the title5

    Laurence May The title comes from the name of the Seymour family seat at Wolf Hall or Wulfhall in Wiltshire; the title's allusion to the old Latin saying "Man is wolf to man" serves as a constant reminder of the dangerously opportunistic nature of the world through which Cromwell navigates. None of the action occurs at Wolf Hall. by Laurence May

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    Kate Sokulski I was really excited about reading this book as I love historical fiction and had heard great things about this title. However, I've just given up on it less than 1/4 way through. I'm an avid reader, but found I just couldn't get in to the writing style at all or identify with the characters. The storyline seemed to skip all over the place and the way dialogue was written was confusing. I was sorely disapointed! by Kate Sokulski

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    Penny Cunningham Having read the 3 reviews already on site, there is not much more to add, they are all great reviews.
    I really did enjoy the book about the rise of Thomas Cromwell from an abused little boy beaten constantly by his father,to the powerful political advisor at the court of Henry VIII. Although the strange writing style made it a book you had to concentrate on because if your mind wandered at all you had to re-read a paragraph or two to see what you had missed! The dialogue (to my mind) was very modern, not at all as they would have spoken at the time!! It did however keep it interesting.
    As Michael says you do not really know Cromwell any better at the end of the book than you did at the start! But the journey to the end I found very interesting. I am not sure quite why it was called "Wolf Hall" as this was the family home of Jane Seymour, who is mentioned but is by no means a cornerstone of the story! (Maybe I missed something and didn't re-read!!)
    As Fiona says I am not sure about it being a winner though, it was good but not everyones cup of tea because of the writing style. But overall I found it a very good read. by Penny Cunningham

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