Hilary Mantel ‘Bring Up The Bodies’

Perhaps the most anticipated new novel of the year – hear Hilary talk on our most recent Blackwell’s Podcast

We are delighted to welcome Booker Prize winner Hilary Mantel back to the Blackwell Online podcast. We spoke to Hilary shortly after Wolf Hall won the prize in 2009 and now we are very pleased to be able to present an in-depth, exclusive interview with her on its eagerly awaited sequel, Bring Up the Bodies.

Wolf Hall told of the rise of Thomas Cromwell from son of a brutal blacksmith to one of the most powerful men in Henry VIII’s kingdom, set against a background of Tudor power politics. Mantel has called Bring up the Bodies a ‘more concentrated, fiercer book than Wolf Hall’: the new book begins where its predecessor left off and focuses on the events of just nine months from the autumn of 1535 to May 1536, culminating with Anne Boleyn’s arrest, trial and execution.

In this interview Hilary reflects on how she writes historical fiction, why Thomas Cromwell and the exercise of power continue to fascinate her, and why she thinks she may be a dramatist manquée.


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