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Wolf Hall

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Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2009Shortlisted for the Orange Prize and the Costa Novel AwardInspiration for the major TV drama starring Mark Rylance and Claire Foy`Dizzyingly, dazzlingly good' Daily Mail`Our most brilliant English writer' Guardianshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 688 pages
  • 136 x 200 x 54mm | 459.99g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • FOURTH ESTATE LTD
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0007230206
  • 9780007230204
  • 3,751

About Hilary Mantel

Hilary Mantel is the author of thirteen books, including A PLACE OF GREATER SAFETY, BEYOND BLACK, and the memoir GIVING UP THE GHOST. Her two most recent novels, WOLF HALL and its sequel BRING UP THE BODIES, have both been awarded The Man Booker Prize - an unprecedented achievement.show more

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`This is a beautiful and profoundly human book, a dark mirror held up to our own world. And the fact that its conclusion takes place after the curtain has fallen only proves that Hilary Mantel is one of our bravest as well as our most brilliant writers.' Olivia Laing, Observer`As soon as I opened the book I was gripped. I read it almost non-stop. When I did have to put it down, I was full of regret that the story was over, a regret I still feel. This is a wonderful and intelligently imagined retelling of a familiar tale from an unfamiliar angle.' The Times`Mantel is a writer who sees the skull beneath the skin, the worm in the bud, the child abuse in the suburbs and the rat in the mattress...Turning her attention to Tudor England, she makes that world at once so concrete you can smell the rain-drenched wool cloaks...This is a splendidly ambitious book...I wait greedily for the sequel, but "Wolf Hall" is already a feast.' Daily Telegraph`A compelling and humane investigation of the cost of ambition.' Guardian`Mantel's ability to pick out vivid scenes from sources and give them life within her fiction is quite exceptional...Vividly alive.' London Review of Books`A stunning book. It breaks free of what the novel has become nowadays. I can't think of anything since "Middlemarch" which so convincingly builds a world.' Diana Athillshow more

Rating details

114,655 ratings
3.84 out of 5 stars
5 36% (41,537)
4 32% (36,214)
3 18% (20,780)
2 8% (9,622)
1 6% (6,502)

Our customer reviews

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.show more
by Laurence May
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!show more
by Kate Sokulski
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.show more
by Penny Cunningham
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