Bring Up the Bodies

A Novel

Hilary Mantel

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WINNER OF THE 2012 MAN BOOKER PRIZE
WINNER OF THE COSTA BOOK AWARD 
SHORTLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE

Named One of the 10 Best Books of the Year by
The New York Times Book Review • The Washington Post • Publishers Weekly

Named a Best Book of the Year by
The New Yorker • Time • USA Today • The Economist • NPR • The Atlantic • Los Angeles Times • The Wall Street Journal • Chicago Tribune • Entertainment Weekly • The Daily Beast • Financial Times • The Christian Science Monitor • San Francisco Chronicle • Seattle Times •

The sequel to Hilary Mantel's 2009 Man Booker Prize winner and New York Times bestseller, Bring Up the Bodies delves into the heart of Tudor history with the downfall of Anne Boleyn.


Though he battled for years to marry her—a story told in Wolf Hall—Henry is now disenchanted with Anne Boleyn. She has failed to give him a son, and her sharp intelligence alienates his old friends and the noble families of England. At a word from Henry, Thomas Cromwell is ready to bring her down. Over a few terrifying weeks, Cromwell ensnares her in a web of conspiracy, while the demure Jane Seymour waits her turn for the poisoned wedding ring. But Anne and her powerful family will not yield without a ferocious struggle, and to defeat the Boleyns, Cromwell must now ally himself with his enemies. What price will he pay for Anne’s head?

Hailed around the world as a stunning literary achievement, Bring Up the Bodies evokes this frightening episode of English history as no book has before.   

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Wiltshire, September 1535

His children are falling from the sky. He watches from horseback, acres of England stretching behind him; they drop, gilt-winged, each with a blood-filled gaze. Grace Cromwell hovers in thin air. She is silent when she takes her prey, silent as she glides to his fist. But the sounds she makes then, the rustle of feathers and the creak, the sigh and riffle of pinion, the small cluck-cluck from her throat, these are sounds of recognition, intimate, daughterly, almost disapproving. Her breast is gore-streaked and flesh clings to her claws.

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Hilary Mantel talks about her newest book 'Bring Up the Bodies,' the sequel to her Man Booker Prize-winning novel "Wolf Hall.' 'Bring Up the Bodies' delves into the heart of Tudor history with the downfall of Anne Boleyn.

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“Darkly magnificent...Mantel animates history with a political and psychological acuity equal to Tolstoy’s.”—The Washington Post

“Beautifully constructed...The wonder of Mantel’s retelling is that she makes these events fresh and terrifying all over again....Sublime.”—Janet Maslin, The New York Times

“Marvelous, intoxicating…Read Bring Up the Bodies for its chilling character profile, its period details on jousting and Tudor kitchens, its congregation of the seven deadly sins….Nobody should skip a heady word of Mantel’s planned trilogy.”—The Cleveland Plain Dealer

“Mantel has the maddeningly unteachable gift of being interesting....All is alive, silvery, alert, rapid with insight.”—James Wood, The New Yorker

“Lovely, present and thrilling.”—Gillian Flynnn, author of Gone Girl

“Meticulously crafted…Superb…Highly entertaining…Brilliant.”—Slate

“There is no one else writing with Mantel’s verve and control, her talent for richly wrought story, crisp pace, and direct prose.”—The Miami Herald

“Mantel writes the kind of sentences you want to live in….Bring Up the Bodies isn’t just her boldest book, it’s also her best.”—Michael Schaub, NPR

"[Bring Up the Bodies] is astringent and purifying, stripping away the cobwebs and varnish of history, the antique formulations and brocaded sentimentality of costume drama novels, so that the English past comes to seem like something vivid , strange and brand new."—The New York Times Book Review

"Hilary Mantel made waves in 2009 with her Man Booker Prize-winning page-turner, Wolf Hall…The second in her planned trilogy, Bring Up the Bodies stalks Anne Boleyn and the soap-opera worthy machinations of Cromwell and his evil allies to bring down the powerful wife of the king. Who knew history could be so sexy?"—Vanity Fair

"What’s being called the Wolf Hall Trilogy is a remarkable work in progress, a series that makes the past feel immediate and—this is the best part—unpredictable. Even if you know the history, you’ll find yourself racing through these pages to find out what happens next."—People

"After pulling off this literary feat twice, you realize the smartest person in the room isn't Cromwell after all—it’s Mantel."—The Huffington Post

"Fans of Wolf Hall will relish this book, but Bring Up the Bodies also stands alone…Her characters are real and vivid people who bring to life the clash of ideals that gripped England at the time. She makes the past present and vital."—The Economist

"Bring Up the Bodies stands magnificently on its own...such is [Mantel's] skill"—LA Times

"You won't be able to tear your eyes away."—The Seattle Times

"In Mantel's hands, Cromwell's cunning, morally complicated orchestration of that historic slice through the royal neck is as exciting as any thriller."—Entertainment Weekly

"With wit, daring style, and a staggering breadth of historical knowledge, Mantel breathes new life into reclaimed territory."—Bookslut


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Hilary Mantel

Hilary Mantel is the bestselling author of many novels including Wolf Hall, which won the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction. Bring Up the Bodies, Book Two of the Thomas Cromwell Trilogy, was also awarded the Man Booker Prize and the Costa Book Award. She is also the author of A Change of Climate, A Place of Greater Safety, Eight Months on Ghazzah Street, An Experiment in Love, The Giant, O'Brien, Fludd, Beyond Black, Every Day Is Mother's Day, and Vacant Possession. She has also written a memoir, Giving Up the Ghost. Mantel was the winner of the Hawthornden Prize, and her reviews and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, and the London Review of Books. She lives in England with her husband.

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Bring Up the Bodies
A Novel
Hilary Mantel

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Costa Book Award - Winner, Walter Scott Prize Shortlist, Man Booker Award - Winner, Cleveland Plain Dealer's Best Books of the Year, Entertainment Weekly Best Books of the Year, New York Times Book Review Notable Books of the Year, New Yorker Best Books of the Year, NPR Best Book of the Year, The Independent (UK) Best Books of the Year, Time Magazine Top 10 Books of the Year, USA Today Best Books of the Year, Washington Post Best Books of the Year, Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year, Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year

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Picador
May 2013
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250024176
ISBN10: 125002417X
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 432 pages
$16.00

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Macmillan Audio
May 2012
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May 2012
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A John Macrae Book
May 2012
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ISBN: 9780805090031
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A John Macrae Book
May 2012
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ISBN: 9781429947657
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496 pages
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