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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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  • How did it win?1

    Anna I am a book lover and I especially love quality literature, but I do not understand how this book could possibly win an award. I have been book-starved of late and really made an effort to try try again but there was no way I could wade through the contortions and obscurantism of page after page. Not only that, the blood and gore was also off- putting. Wondering why I couldn't stomach such an acclaimed book I gave it to a friend who will devour anything written in ink. She said it was " It was oK, but I did have to skip quite a few pages." by Anna

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