The Mirror and the Light (#3 Thomas Cromwell)

Author(s): Hilary Mantel

Historical | Fiction and Crime

The long-awaited sequel to Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies; the stunning conclusion to Hilary Mantel’s Man Booker Prize-winning Thomas Cromwell trilogy.

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, before Jane dies giving birth to the male heir he most craves.

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 & 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.    


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Longlisted Booker Prize 2020 Shortlisted The Women's Prize for Fiction 2020

Finally the wait is over! The third and final book in Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall trilogy did not disappoint. If you’ve read the first 2 books, I’m sure you don’t need someone telling you to read this. I had mixed emotions reading this book, so excited to be back with Thomas Cromwell but also saddened knowing this is the final installment. A brilliant novel to finish up this epic trilogy. Alicia, The Book Grocer   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.

Hilary Mantel is the author of fourteen books, including A Place Of Greater Safety, Beyond Black, the memoir Giving Up The Ghost, and the short-story collection The Assassination Of Margaret Thatcher. Wolf Hall and its sequel Bring Up The Bodies, have both been awarded the Man Booker Prize - an unprecedented achievement.    

General Fields

  • : 9780007480999
  • : HarperCollins Publishers Australia
  • : Fourth Estate
  • : 1.082
  • : December 2019
  • : 1.5 Centimeters X 15.9 Centimeters X 24 Centimeters
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 864
  • : very good
  • : 823.92
  • : English
  • : Hardback
  • : Hilary Mantel