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    Bring up the Bodies

    Just as good ad Wolf Hall, with beautiful writing, a superb sense of space and time and a sensitive penetration of Thomas Cromwell's complex personality. Equally penetrating is her insight into both Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. Read Wolf Hall first and then try and be patient until Hilary Mantel completes the third book. Pure pleasure.
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    A brutal masterpiece

    As powerful and compelling as its title. You know the Henry VIII/Anne Boleyn saga. This time it's relayed through another protagonist. Thomas Cromwell, complex and ruthless, rose from tradesman and mercenary to become the king's supporter and confidant, Master Secretary and eventually Lord Chancellor. He used his enormous influence with skill and subtlety, helping free Henry to wed the bold Anne Boleyn. This book follows their brief marriage to its conclusion, giving a deep picture of the life and times in Henry's England. Marvellous. You might like to read "Wolf Hall" first, since it introduces Cromwell, his life and career.
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    Bring up the bodies

    T This is excellent ¡!!
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    Thomas Cromwell is written in the first tense, sometimes second and sometimes third which can be really confusing as there are a number of Thomas's in the story and often they converse together which leaves the reader confused. But if you have read Wolf Hall and persist it is a fabulous read and well worth it. I would love to see a book three to follow on the story in this amazing time in history
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    Bring up the bodies

    Another episode of scheming and plotting! Hilary Mantel writes sympathetically about Thomas Cromwell and I like this.....how about a Thomas Cromwell fan club? Very readable and a great insight into everyones precarious life. Can't wait for the next one.
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