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The Mirror & The Light
The brilliant #1 New York Times bestseller Named a best book of 2020 by The New York Times, The Washington Post, TIME, The Guardian, and many more With The Mirror & the Light, Hilary Mantel brings to a triumphant close the trilogy she began with her peerless, Booker Prize-winning novels, 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. The story begins in 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, 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, Jane Seymour. Cromwell, a man with only his wits to rely on, 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 the breaking point, Cromwell’s robust imagination sees a new country in the mirror of the future. All of England lies at his feet, ripe for innovation and religious reform. But as fortune’s wheel turns, Cromwell’s enemies are gathering in the shadows. The inevitable question remains: how long can anyone survive under Henry’s cruel and capricious gaze? Eagerly awaited and eight years in the making, The Mirror & the Light completes Cromwell’s journey from self-made man to one of the most feared, influential figures of his time. Portrayed by Mantel with pathos and terrific energy, Cromwell is as complex as he is unforgettable: a politician and a fixer, a husband and a father, a man who both defied and defined his age.
More books by Hilary Mantel
1. Learning to Talk
Learning to Talk is a dazzling collection of short stories from the two-time winner of the Booker Prize and #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Wolf Hall trilogy. With a New Preface In the wake of Hilary Mantel’s brilliant conclusion to her award-winning Wolf Hall trilogy, this collection of loosely autobiographical stories locates the transforming moments of a haunted childhood. Absorbing and evocative, these drawn-from-life stories begin in the 1950s in an insular northern village “scoured by bitter winds and rough gossip tongues.” For the young narrator, the only way to survive is to get up, get on, get out. In “King Billy Is a Gentleman,” the child must come to terms with the loss of a father and the puzzle of a fading Irish heritage. “Curved Is the Line of Beauty” is a story of friendship, faith and a near-disaster in a scrap-yard. The title story sees our narrator ironing out her northern vowels with the help of an ex-actress with one lung and a Manchester accent. In “Third Floor Rising,” she watches, amazed, as her mother carves out a stylish new identity. With a deceptively light touch, Mantel illuminates the poignant experiences of childhood that leave each of us forever changed. “A book of her short stories is like a little sweet treat…Mantel’s narrators never tell everything they know, and that’s why they’re worth listening to, carefully.” —USA Today “Her short stories always recognize other potential realities…Even the most straightforward of Mantel’s tales retain a faintly otherworldly air.” —The Washington Post
2. Mantel Pieces: Royal Bodies and Other Writing from the London Review of Books
From the twice Booker Prize winner and internationally bestselling Hilary Mantel, a collection of writing – essays, book reviews, memoir – from over thirty years contributing to the London Review of Books In 1987, when Hilary Mantel was first published in the London Review of Books, she wrote to the editor, Karl Miller, ‘I have no critical training whatsoever, so I am forced to be more brisk and breezy than scholarly.’ This collection of twenty reviews, essays and pieces of memoir from the next three decades, tells the story of what happened next. Her subjects range far and wide: Robespierre and Danton, the Hite report, Saudi Arabia where she lived for four years in the 1980s, the Bulger case, John Osborne, the Virgin Mary as well as the pop icon Madonna, a brilliant examination of Helen Duncan, Britain’s last witch. There are essays about Jane Boleyn, Charles Brandon, Christopher Marlowe and Margaret Pole, which display the astonishing insight into the Tudor mind we are familiar with from the bestselling Wolf Hall Trilogy. Her famous lecture, ‘Royal Bodies’, which caused a media frenzy, explores the place of royal women in society and our imagination. Here too are some of her LRB diaries, including her first meeting with her stepfather and a confrontation with a circus strongman. Constantly illuminating, always penetrating and often very funny, interleaved with letters and other ephemera gathered from the archive, Mantel Pieces is an irresistible selection from one of our greatest living writers.
3. The Mirror and the Light
Shortlisted for The Women’s Prize for Fiction 2020 The long-awaited sequel to Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, the stunning conclusion to Hilary Mantel’s Man Booker Prize-winning Wolf Hall trilogy. ‘A masterpiece’ Guardian ‘It is a book not read, but lived’ Telegraph ‘Her Cromwell novels are, for my money, the greatest English novels of this century’ Observer ‘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, Jane Seymour. 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.
4. The BBC National Short Story Award 2016
5. Zamach na Margaret Thatcher
Hilary Mantel należy do najznamienitszych pisarzy brytyjskich. W opowiadaniach składających się na niniejszy tom z wielką przenikliwością opisuje bohaterów, docierając do najmroczniejszych zakamarków ludzkiej duszy, aby wyciągnąć na światło dzienne czyhające tam potworności. Ukazując swoich bohaterów w jakże różnych sceneriach, od klaustrofobicznego mieszkania w mieście na zachodnim wybrzeżu Arabii Saudyjskiej, po góry i rozległe łąki na jednej z greckich wysp, Hilary Mantel zmusza nas do refleksji nad istotą ludzkiej natury, każdą opowieść snując z charakterystycznym dla siebie cierpkim humorem oraz stylem znamionującym wielkiego pisarza u szczytu twórczych możliwości. „Zbiór jej opowiadań przypomina bombonierkę. Niektóre historie są bardzo krótkie, pełne specyficznego poczucia humoru. W innych dopatrzymy się okrucieństwa na miarę opowiadań Roalda Dahla. Narrator Mantel nigdy nie mówi wszystkiego, co wie, i właśnie dlatego warto go słuchać uważnie”. USA Today
6. The School of English
A new story from Hilary Mantel, author of Wolf Hall and The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher and twice winner of the Man Booker Prize. This story is also available in the paperback and eBook edition of The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher.
7. De moord op Margaret Thatcher
Auteur van de twee Man Booker Prize-bestsellers Wolf Hall en Het boek Henry. ‘Het Thatcher-verhaal is een thriller op handtasformaat.’ – ***** NRC Handelsblad In elf pittig grensverleggende verhalen wendt Hilary Mantel haar talent als scherp observator aan om de verborgen gebreken en de duistere kanten van de menselijke ziel aan het licht te brengen. Trefzeker ontmaskert Mantel in deze verhalen de afgronden waarover het leven ligt als een dun tapijtje. Het titelverhaal, waarin op indringende en treffende wijze de geschiedenis uit zijn baan wordt getikt, veroorzaakte zelfs een ware rel in Engeland. ‘Zonder dat je het zelf doorhebt, weet ze je volledige aandacht te vangen. Je wordt een drone die rechtstreeks op het doelwit afstevent: dit verhaal moet en zal je nu uitlezen.’ – The New York Times ‘Mantel heeft een scherp oog voor het grove en het vuile dat het leven in de stad met zich meebrengt – de “crapola”, zoals Philip Roth het noemt – en het is een waar plezier om haar treffende observaties te mogen lezen.’ – The Guardian ‘Het kan een onbekend woord zijn, of een beladen zin, een dubbelzinnig stukje dialoog of een absurd en sinister rekwisiet binnen het decor van het verhaal. Wanneer je even aarzelt om het te laten te bezinken, heeft ze je te pakken. Zonder dat je het doorhebt, raak je volledig in haar ban: je móét deze verhalen tot het einde uitlezen.’ – The Scotsman ‘Een opmerkelijke, zij het duistere, verzameling verhalen.’ – The Sunday Times ‘Nuchter beschouwt Mantel gebeurtenissen die een maat te groot zijn voor haar personages. Spartelende vliegjes zijn ze en even grimmig als vrolijk spint Hilary Mantel hen in.’ – NRC Handelsblad
8. El asesinato de Margaret Thatcher
El asesinato de Margaret Thatcher es el relato central e inédito en el nuevo libro de la autora británica que deslumbra por su calidad literaria y que comparten el gusto por lo insólito, el sentido, a veces sangrante y siempre muy sutil de la ironía británica y la capacidad de síntesis. En cada historia la autora nos ofrece una pieza magistral de su peculiar arte y de su manera de relatar, con una sonrisa cómplice, lo ridículo de cada momento. “La manera de narrar de Mantel urge al lector a suspender completamente su vida normal hasta haber finalizado el libro” The Sunday Times. “Una escritora genialmente vívida e ingeniosa” The Times.
9. The Assassination Of Margaret Thatcher
The New York Times bestselling collection, from the Man Booker prize-winner for Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, that has been called “scintillating” (New York Times Books Review), “breathtaking” (NPR), “exquisite” (The Chicago Tribune) and “otherworldly” (Washington Post). “A new Hilary Mantel book is an Event with a ‘capital ‘E.'”—NPR “A book of her short stories is like a little sweet treat.”—USA Today (4 stars) “[Mantel is at] the top of her game.”—Salon “Genius.”—The Seattle Times One of the most accomplished, acclaimed, and garlanded writers, Hilary Mantel delivers a brilliant collection of contemporary stories In The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher, Hilary Mantel’s trademark gifts of penetrating characterization, unsparing eye, and rascally intelligence are once again fully on display. Stories of dislocation and family fracture, of whimsical infidelities and sudden deaths with sinister causes, brilliantly unsettle the reader in that unmistakably Mantel way. Cutting to the core of human experience, Mantel brutally and acutely writes about marriage, class, family, and sex. Unpredictable, diverse, and sometimes shocking, The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher displays a magnificent writer at the peak of her powers.
10. How Shall I Know You?: A Short Story
“She looked up and smiled. She had a face of feral sweetness, its color yellow; her eyes were long and dark, her mouth a taut bow, her nostrils upturned as if she were scenting the wind.” In “How Shall I Know You?,” a melancholic and ailing writer reluctantly travels east of London to give a lecture before a literary society. Mr. Simister, the organization’s secretary, lures the world-weary novelist turned biographer with promises of a modest stipend and lodging at a charming bed-and-breakfast for her trouble. Nevertheless, on that rainy day she meets Mr. Simister at the train station, she wonders why she ever agreed to come in the first place. Driving past steel-shuttered windows and Day-Glo banners, Mr. Simister takes the writer to her hotel for the evening, which turns out to be crumbling and isolated rather than picturesque. As she crosses the threshold into the dank stench of Eccles House she is faced with the feral porter, Louise, and suffers through an evening that may be more than she bargained for. From Hilary Mantel’s brilliant and darkly comic collection of contemporary stories, The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher, comes a tale told with her distinctive blend of subversive wit and gimlet-eyed characterization. “How Shall I Know You?” showcases the extraordinary genius of Hilary Mantel, called one of our “greatest living novelists” (NPR).
11. Hilary Mantel Collection: Six of Her Best Novels
Our greatest living writer. Six of her best novels.
12. The Giant, O’Brien
From the two-time Man Booker winner, the story of the 18th Century Irish giant, Charles O’Brien. Charles O’Brien, bard and giant. The cynical are moved by his flights of romance; the craven stirred by his tales of epic deeds. But what of his own story as he is led from Ireland to seek his fortune beyond the seas in England? The Surprising Irish Giant may be the sensation of the season but only his compatriots seem to attend to his mythic powers of invention. John Hunter, celebrated surgeon and anatomist, buys dead men from the gallows and babies’ corpses by the inch. Where is a man as unique as The Giant to hide his bones when he is yet alive? The Giant, O’ Brien is an unforgettable novel; lyrical, shocking and spliced with black comedy.
13. Bring Up The Bodies
Winner of the 2012 Man Booker Prize Winner of the 2012 Costa Book of the Year Award The sequel to Hilary Mantel’s 2009 Man Booker Prize winner and New York Times bestseller, Wolf Hall delves into the heart of Tudor history with the downfall of Anne Boleyn Though he battled for seven years to marry her, Henry is disenchanted with Anne Boleyn. She has failed to give him a son and her sharp intelligence and audacious will alienate his old friends and the noble families of England. When the discarded Katherine dies in exile from the court, Anne stands starkly exposed, the focus of gossip and malice. At a word from Henry, Thomas Cromwell is ready to bring her down. Over three terrifying weeks, Anne is ensnared in a web of conspiracy, while the demure Jane Seymour stands waiting her turn for the poisoned wedding ring. But Anne and her powerful family will not yield without a ferocious struggle. Hilary Mantel’s Bring Up the Bodies follows the dramatic trial of the queen and her suitors for adultery and treason. To defeat the Boleyns, Cromwell must ally with his natural enemies, the papist aristocracy. What price will he pay for Anne’s head? Bring Up the Bodies is one of The New York Times’ 10 Best Books of 2012, one of Publishers Weekly’s Top 10 Best Books of 2012 and one of The Washington Post’s 10 Best Books of 2012
14. King Billy is a Gentleman (Fast Fiction)
First published in Hilary Mantel’s collection of short stories Learning to Talk, in King Billy is a Gentleman a child must come to terms with the loss of a father and the puzzle of a fading Irish heritage.
15. Third Floor Rising (Fast Fiction)
A teenage girl sees a new side to her mother when she starts to work with her in a department store. .
16. Ink in the Blood: A Hospital Diary
Just after ‘Bring Up the Bodies’ author Hilary Mantel won the Man Booker for ‘Wolf Hall’, she fell gravely ill. This is her remarkable hospital diary.
17. Every Day Is Mother’s Day
Stephen King meets Muriel Spark in Hilary Mantel’s first novel. Evelyn Axon – a medium by trade – and her half-wit daughter Muriel have become a social problem. Barricaded in their once-respectable house, they live amid festering rubbish, unhealthy smells – and secrets. They completely baffle Isabel Field, the social worker assigned to help them. But Isabel is only the most recent in a long line of people that find the Axons impossible. Meanwhile, Isabel has her own problems: a married lover, Colin. He is a history teacher to unresponsive children and father to a passel of his own horrible kids. With all this to worry about, how can Isabel even begin to understand what is going on in the Axon household? When Evelyn finally moves to defend Muriel, and Muriel, in turn, acts to protect herself, the results are by turns hilarious and terrifying.
18. Vacant Possession
Ten years have passed since Muriel Axon was locked away for society’s protection, but psychiatric confinement has only increased her malice and ingenuity. At last free, she sets into motion an intricate plan to exact revenge on those who had her put away. Her former social worker, Isabel, and her old neighbors have moved on, but Muriel, with her talent for disguise, will infiltrate their homes and manipulate their lives, until all her enemies are brought together for a gruesome finale. Hilary Mantel’s razor-sharp wit animates every page of this darkly comic tale of retribution.
19. Wolf Hall
Assuming the power recently lost by the disgraced Cardinal Wolsey, Thomas Cromwell counsels a mercurial Henry VIII on the latter’s efforts to marry Anne Boleyn against the wishes of Rome and many of his people, a successful endeavor that comes with a dangerous price. By the Hawthornden Prize-winning author of Eight Months on Ghazzah Street. 40,000 first printing.
20. An Experiment in Love
A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year It was the year after Chappaquiddick, and all spring Carmel McBain had watery dreams about the disaster. Now she, Karina, and Julianne were escaping the dreary English countryside for a London University hall of residence. Interspersing accounts of her current position as a university student with recollections of her childhood and an ever difficult relationship with her longtime schoolmate Karina, Carmel reflects on a generation of girls desiring the power of men, but fearful of abandoning what is expected and proper. When these bright but confused young women land in late 1960s London, they are confronted with a slew of new preoccupations–sex, politics, food, and fertility–and a pointless grotesque tragedy of their own. Hilary Mantel’s magnificent novel examines the pressures on women during the early days of contemporary feminism to excel–but not be too successful–in England’s complex hierarchy of class and status.
21. A Change of Climate
A New York Times Notable Book Ralph and Anna Eldred are an exemplary couple, devoting themselves to doing good. Thirty years ago as missionaries in Africa, the worst that could happen did. Shattered by their encounter with inexplicable evil, they returned to England, never to speak of it again. But when Ralph falls into an affair, Anna finds no forgiveness in her heart, and thirty years of repressed rage and grief explode, destroying not only a marriage but also their love, their faith, and everything they thought they were.
22. A Place Of Greater Safety: A Novel
Set during the French Revolution, this “riveting historical novel” (“The New Yorker”) is the story of three young provincials who together helped destroy a way of life and, in the process, destroyed themselves.
23. Beyond Black
Hailed as a “writer of subtlety and depth,” Hilary Mantel turns her dark genius on the world of psychics in this smart, unsettling novel (Joyce Carol Oates) A paragon of efficiency, Colette took the next natural step after finishing secretarial school by marrying a man who would do just fine. After a sobering, do-it-yourself divorce, Colette is at a loss for what to do next. Convinced that she is due an out-of-hand, life-affirming revelation, she strays into the realm of psychics and clairvoyants, hungry for a whisper to set her off in the right direction. At a psychic fair in Windsor she meets the charismatic Alison. Alison, the daughter of a prostitute, beleaguered during her childhood by the pressures of her connection to the spiritual world, lives in a different kind of solitude. She cannot escape the dead who speak to her, least of all the constant presence of Morris, her low-life spiritual guide. An expansive presence onstage, Alison at once feels her bond with Colette, inviting her to join her on the road as her personal assistant and companion. Troubles spiral out of control when the pair moves to a suburban wasteland in what was once the English countryside and take up with a spirit guide and his drowned therapist. It is not long before Alison’s connection to the place beyond black threatens to uproot their lives forever. This is Hilary Mantel at her finest- insightful, darkly comic, unorthodox, and thrilling to read.
24. Giving Up the Ghost
New York Times bestselling author Hilary Mantel, two-time winner of the Man Booker Prize, is one of the world’s most accomplished and acclaimed fiction writers. Giving Up the Ghost, is her dazzling memoir of a career blighted by physical pain in which her singular imagination supplied compensation for the life her body was denied. Selected by the New York Times as one of the 50 Best Memoirs of the Past 50 Years “The story of my own childhood is a complicated sentence that I am always trying to finish, to finish and put behind me.” In postwar rural England, Hilary Mantel grew up convinced that the most extraordinary feats were within her grasp. But at nineteen, she became ill. Through years of misdiagnosis, she suffered patronizing psychiatric treatment and destructive surgery that left her without hope of children. Beset by pain and sadness, she decided to “write herself into being”—one novel after another. This wry and visceral memoir will certainly bring new converts to Mantel’s dark genius. “Mesmerizing.”—The New York Times
25. Eight Months On Ghazzah Street: A Novel
When Frances Shore joins her engineer husband in Saudia Arabia, she is troubled by culture shock, boredom, and the sound of sobs coming from the apartment above, although her neighbors say it is all in her imagination. Reprint.
26. Fludd: A Novel
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