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With the death of Hilary Mantel in September 2022 we lost one of the greatest writers of our time. Mantel’s books are so original, and so different from one another, that it’s often difficult to believe they were written by the same novelist. Her brilliant language, dark humor, and inventive, impeccable craft make everything she wrote worthy of attention and admiration, yet she is best known for her Thomas Cromwell trilogy, which transports the reader to the world of Tudor England and the court of Henry VIII. Mantel immerses us the mind and experience of Cromwell, the son of a tradesman who rose to become one of Henry’s chief ministers and his most powerful advisor. Mantel was awarded the Booker Prize for Wolf Hall in 2009.She won again in 2012 for the second volume of the trilogy, Bring Up the Bodies. The novel has been made into an acclaimed BBC miniseries and a stage play produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company.
In this Delve we will read the first volume of the trilogy, Wolf Hall, immersing ourselves in the drama, splendor, and subtle machinations of Cromwell’s world and paying tribute to an author gone too soon, whose work stands among the great achievements of literature. As writer Maggie O’Farrell has rightly said, Mantel “leaves behind a huge, unfillable vacuum.”
Wolf Hall (Picador)
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