Wolf Hall

Wolf Hall

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 28/11/2019
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Wolf Hall
A novel of staggering power and precision
Although I had read Hilary Mantel's work before now, I have been an admittedly late and shamefully overdue comer to Wolf Hall. I began to read it with no s... READ MORE
Laura McGloughlin
Wolf Hall
A Literary Tour de Force
This book passed me by when it first came out - like Cromwell, I was misspending my youth on the continent - and it was only when the excitement began for ... READ MORE
Rachael at Croydon
Wolf Hall
Worth all the praise it gets
There's no great shame in taking a second swing at a book, or arriving late to the party. I did both of these with Wolf Hall - I got round to reading it ab... READ MORE
Ian Farnell
Wolf Hall
Shakespeare meets The Godfather
To review Wolf Hall seems almost trite given its popularity and fame since publication and subsequent Booker Prize win. Yet, despite this, there is still a... READ MORE
Kieran at Liverpool One
Wolf Hall
An expansive and incredible work of historical fiction
This is a very rare book. One that is so deeply intertwined with history you almost feel like you are there. Incredibly well written and a must for histori... READ MORE
Angie at Blackpool

Synopsis

Shortlisted for the British Book Awards 30 from 30 Award 2020 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: 9780008381691
  • Number of pages: 672
  • Weight: 470g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 43 mm

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Wolf Hall
Is this really a booker winner?
Man booker prize winner! I sometimes wonder if I actually read the same book as all those 5 star reviews. So you may ask what is really the problem with th... READ MORE
Rob
Wolf Hall
Not worth the hype
Read it when it came out, didn't like it and I know other people thought the same.
GEOFFREY MCCONNELL
Wolf Hall
Great book
I love reading about English history. I especially like books written about Henry VIII and his wives. This book was great! Since I love reading about this... READ MORE
Jill Jemmett
Wolf Hall
High Literary Historical Fiction
Mantel has achieved what very few authors within the historical fiction genre manage to do; write an original, creative, high-literary work that has its pl... READ MORE
Felicity Seton
Wolf Hall
Hard Going
I was excited to read Wolf Hall. I hadn’t read any of Hilary Mantel’s books before. The first few pages held me - then it went from 1500 to 1527. I find it... READ MORE
Jacqueline Batt
Wolf Hall
Hugely Disappointing.
Being an enthusiast of historical fiction, and seeing the glowing reviews I looked forward with anticipation to reading this book. My only concern being th... READ MORE
Barrie P
Wolf Hall
First book that I have ever given up on!
Sorry, I know that this book has received many accolades but it was not for me. The first book in my life that I have given up on half way through. I bough... READ MORE
Sally-Anne
Wolf Hall
A worthy endeavour
I bought Wolf Hall as I had heard rave reviews & despite buying during the first lockdown, I kept putting off reading due to the weight of it. When I final... READ MORE
Nick Leadbeater
Wolf Hall
A boring slog
There is nothing redeeming about this book. The constant name switching between using title, first name, surname or nickname makes it confusing to know who... READ MORE
AmyG
Wolf Hall
Riveting
Compelling reading a great insight into Tudor times. Graphically brought to life. Great read.
James Hird
Wolf Hall
Regret my purchase
I managed to read just over 60 pages before giving up after 3 different attempts to force myself to get interested. This obtuse unusual writing style mean... READ MORE
Simon Drury