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    Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2020

    Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2020

    The long-awaited sequel to Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, the stunning conclusion to Hilary Mantel’s Man Booker Prize-winning Thomas Cromwell trilogy. 

    ‘If you cannot speak truth at a beheading, when can you speak it?’ 

    England, May 1536. Anne Boleyn is dead, decapitated in the space of a heartbeat by a hired French executioner. As her remains are bundled into oblivion, Thomas Cromwell breakfasts with the victors. The blacksmith’s son from Putney emerges from the spring’s bloodbath to continue his climb to power and wealth, while his formidable master, Henry VIII, settles to short-lived happiness with his third queen. Cromwell is a man with only his wits to rely on; he has no great family to back him, no private army. Despite rebellion at home, traitors plotting abroad and the threat of invasion testing Henry’s regime to breaking point, Cromwell’s robust imagination sees a new country in the mirror of the future. But can a nation, or a person, shed the past like a skin? Do the dead continually unbury themselves? What will you do, the Spanish ambassador asks Cromwell, when the king turns on you, as sooner or later he turns on everyone close to him?

    With The Mirror and the Light, Hilary Mantel brings to a triumphant close the trilogy she began with Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. She traces the final years of Thomas Cromwell, the boy from nowhere who climbs to the heights of power, offering a defining portrait of predator and prey, of a ferocious contest between present and past, between royal will and a common man’s vision: of a modern nation making itself through conflict, passion and courage.

    ©2020 Hilary Mantel (P)2020 W. F. Howes Ltd

    Kritikerstimmen

    “You’ll frequently hit the rewind button to fully appreciate the many, many perfect passages.” (Irish Times)

    “Actor Ben Miles played Cromwell in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s adaptations of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, making him the perfect choice to narrate the remarkable final instalment in the Man Booker Prize-winning trilogy.” (Vogue)

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    Third part of Cromwell trilogy

    Very good book, I have read the first two parts of the trilogy so knew what was coming. However there are a lot of names in this historical story and, as this is my first Audible, I have discovered of course I do not have a list of characters. This is of course at the front of the books....not obviously part of the audible edition. However the reading is excellent, but the story is very very long and I have a feeling I would prefer the book in my hand. However the writing is just amazing...the end of a wonderful story.....Hilary Mantel is a treat to read.

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    Breathtaking!

    Ben Miles turns this compelling story into a vivid narration that accompanies you during your amazing journey to the court of Henry. I hope that you will enjoy this listening experience as much as I did.

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    Sad to see the saga end

    Loved the whole series. The third part of the trilogy could possibly have been trimmed by a few pages, but it is still as vibrant, poignant and immersive as it's two predecessors. Ben Miles does an outstanding job with the narration. I will come back to the trophy again and again, as it will leave a hole...

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    Beyond praise

    Outstanding storytelling and an outstanding performance. Made self-isolation a pleasure and audiobooks the way to go.

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    Even better then I hoped for

    Mantel has surpassed herself. Great writing, on several levels. A beautiful trilogy and Ben Miles is superb in huis performance.