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Wolf Hall: Book 1

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 04/03/2010
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Wolf Hall
Brain Training ...
Now I will admit that this isn't the easiest read in the world - Mantel's syntax is rather unorthodox for one thing and if you're not a Tudor expert, you m... READ MORE
Helen Johnson at UEA
Wolf Hall
Wolf Hall
There are few words to describe how this book swept me away! What a fantastic achievement. Brilliantly researched, visceral and also very funny in parts. M... READ MORE
Tim Mowbray at London Wall
Wolf Hall
An exquisite surprise!
I have to say, as someone who is put off by long novels and, to some extent, historical fiction in general, this is a book I never thought I'd read. But wi... READ MORE
Zoe Bottomley
Wolf Hall
The Medieval Mind Laid Bare
I think this has been the most sceptical of a book I have ever been, given the immense hype surrounding the series, but it's safe to say I am left stunned.... READ MORE
Michael at Glasgow Fort

Synopsis

Shortlisted for the Golden Man Booker 2018 Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2009 Shortlisted for the Orange Prize and the Costa Novel Award '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.' It begins with a Blacksmith’s boy, his face bloodied, his body in the Putney mud at the feet of his ruthless father. His choice: to submit or to survive. From these brutal beginnings emerges a man who would define his age: Thomas Cromwell. It is the 1520’s, Henry VIII rules England with his queen, Katherine of Aragon but he has no heir. His chief advisor Cardinal Wolsey, an astute and adept politician, is charged with the task of freeing Henry from the encumbrance of his marriage but Henry is subject to commands of the pope and Katherine is a devout and loyal catholic. Into this seething hotbed of tension and scheming steps Cromwell, a self-made man with a formidable legal mind, shrewd and ambitious. Working first as Wolsey’s clerk and later his successor, he emerges as a powerful player in the court’s games and one with a hunger to win. As Cromwell’s star rises under a capricious King with a boundless capacity for cruelty, he becomes a key player in a power-play where to stumble is to fall and every move offers either gracious favour or certain ruin. The first novel in her Man Booker double award-winning Wolf Hall Trilogy sealed Hilary Mantel’s reputation as one of Britain’s greatest living writers. Bursting with life and colour and peopled by complex, fully-realised characters, it’s impossible to imagine a more convincing and thoroughly immersive historical novel. By turns shocking, moving and grippingly paced, Mantel makes drawing out the complex machinations of the Tudor court seem an effortless, mesmerising dance. As Olivia Laing comments in the Guardian, ‘it is that supple movement between laughter and horror that makes this rich pageant of Tudor life her most humane and bewitching novel’.

  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • ISBN: 9780007230204
  • Number of pages: 688
  • Weight: 480g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 42 mm

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Wolf Hall
Great book
This is the first book I have read by Hilary Mantel but I am now eager to read more. At first I did not find the book easy reading. The style of writing is... READ MORE
Dolly
Wolf Hall
I tried, but could not get into this book
I mostly read historical novels and greatly anticipated reading this book after all the great reviews. After 320 grueling pages, I could never get into the... READ MORE
Duck
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A Towering Achievement & A Riveting Good Read
It is difficult, so late in the day, to mention anything about ‘Wolf Hall’ that has not been said already. I came to the book late and through a gift, but ... READ MORE
Nicholas Casley
Wolf Hall
Absorbing expose of Thomas Cromwell
Unlike the persona history has presented us with of Henry VIII's nemesis we find instead, in this wonderfully rich novel, a man damaged by his childhood on... READ MORE
Nocturnal bibliophile
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Wolf Hall
It took me a while to finish this book, and I am a prolific, usually quick reader. However I did enjoy it. I liked the humanising aspect of Hilary Mantel's... READ MORE
Angie75
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Gripping Read
Wolf Hall gives the reader an enthralling insight into Thomas Cromwell's abusive, rowdy childhood and the subsequent shaping of his strong, capable, talent... READ MORE
Dawn Pickles
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Excellent
I have read a lot about the Tudor period and thought that this would be another book covering a well-known story. How wrong I was. The story is told from a... READ MORE
Melanie Budge
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Wolf Hall
I really enjoy historical novels and looked forward to reading this. However, I found it very difficult to understand who was talking at times and by half ... READ MORE
Granny Snow
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A must for lovers of C J Sansom
When this book first came out people bought it because it was the Booker novel & didn't finish it. It is not an easy book to read but it is worth the efffo... READ MORE
Peter H
Wolf Hall
Long hard slog
I love historical fiction, especially anything to do with Tudor England. This book does provide a really interesting insight into the life and motivations ... READ MORE
Hiral Patel
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The Height of Historical Fiction
I couldn't recommend Wolf Hall highly enough. Mantel takes the unique perspective of Thomas Cromwell's life when writing about the more familiar events in ... READ MORE
Charlotte L
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Wolf Hall
Who is Cavendish talking to on page 64, I literally spent 10 minutes trying to figure it out - maybe I missed a bit somewhere? I couldn't get on with this ... READ MORE
VictoriaM
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Gripping
This is the story of Thomas Cromwell from the end of the reign of Wolsey until the execution of Thomas More. It took me the first chapter to realise we are... READ MORE
Julia Rabbitts
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Cromwellian Antics
Thomas Cromwell has not always enjoyed the best historical reputation, traditionally drawn as a shadowy figure, crowning queens, bankrupting aristocrats an... READ MORE
TomClover
Wolf Hall
Superb ... Loved it!
One of the best historical novels I have read, compelling and adds a fresh perspective on a fascinating period in history, really made me feel like i was t... READ MORE
Dawn Gibson
Wolf Hall
I love wolf hall
This is a really good book, I would recommend it to anyone.
AJB
Wolf Hall
I loved this novel
The language does take some getting used to but once you have the rhythme of how Mantel writes then it flows. I read this book greedily and will read it ag... READ MORE
Hools
Wolf Hall
Absolutely wonderful book
I had this book for Christmas and I haven't been able to put it down, even reading it thro the night. It has been a life saver as I have spent since Boxing... READ MORE
Granits
Wolf Hall
Wolf Hall
'Wolf Hall' is one of the best pieces of historical fiction I have read. Its blend of scholarship and imagination took my breath away. The central characte... READ MORE
Alison Leathart
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Wolf Hall
I had very high hopes for this book given the reviews it has received and the era in which it was set but sadly it didn't deliver. Although the characters ... READ MORE
Ecowitch
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Enjoyable
An enjoyable read but there were times when it seemed very unclear who was actually speaking. It may be a kind of narrative style but the characters in the... READ MORE
jungsy
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Best ever Booker winner?
I have tried to read Booker winners over the years but have invariably ended up with a feeling of time and money wasted. Not this time. In Wolf Hall Hilary... READ MORE
Acquin Theresa Magee
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Wolf Hall
Wolf Hall brings to life the court of Henry VIII, through the eyes of Thomas Cromwell. The political machinations and foresight required to survive and pro... READ MORE
Claire Harris
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As expected!
Beautifully written. A pleasure to read.
Fiona Sharp
Wolf Hall
Probably good but I couldn't finish
This obviously is not my sort of book. I ploughed my way through the first 200 pages, but could make it no further. I didn't enjoy the writing style, could... READ MORE
David Kohn
Wolf Hall
Even better the second time!
How do you review a book that has been around for so long, been staged and on tv? I have recently reread this book for another project, and been overwhelme... READ MORE
Sarah
Wolf Hall
Grest story, challenging writing
Historical fiction has always been a genre which I find a little challenging. Having not studied much history at school, books involving the Tudors can be ... READ MORE
Read too much
Wolf Hall
Wolf Hall
This beast of a book is active, swift-moving and vigorous. It's funny and quirkily-observed, with the times being created through vivid use of dialogue, na... READ MORE
Emma Spurgin Hussey
Wolf Hall
Superb read
I love histirical novels anyway but this surpassed all expectations - it was a superb read! Very few authors show this side of Cromwell, I cannot reccomend... READ MORE
Barbie Dunford
Wolf Hall
Not my cup of tea
Disappointing. Short on plot, very long on aimless, turgid ramblings.
Historybuff
Wolf Hall
Wolf Hall
This is something of an epic. Full of colour and character. I loved it. It brought Tudor England to life in all its richness and with all its powerful emot... READ MORE
Jennifer Burscough
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Wolf Hall
I have been gripped by Tudor novels for a couple of years now and I have always considered Cromwell to be a powerful but sly man. On reading this book and ... READ MORE
Maria Sunderland
Wolf Hall
Fascinating read
Wolf Hall is a historical novel based on the life of Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII’s fixer. It’s a chunky book that at times needed perseverance to read, it ... READ MORE
Anthony Harradine
Wolf Hall
Not an easy read
My enjoyment of this book was spoiled by the narrative style - i.e. the constant use of 'he' making it difficult at times to know who was doing what and ha... READ MORE
C. Peake