Bring Up the Bodies - WikipediaHilary Mantel has made Man Booker prize history by becoming the first woman and the first British writer to win the literary award twice. Receiving the prize, Mantel joked: "You wait 20 years for a Booker prize and then two come along at once. Bring Up the Bodies, the blistering and bloody second instalment of her trilogy charting the life of Thomas Cromwell, was also the first sequel to triumph in the prize's year history. The first instalment, Wolf Hall, won three years ago. The chairman of the Booker judges, Sir Peter Stothard, called Mantel "the greatest modern English prose writer" working today, and said she had "rewritten the book on writing historical fiction". I don't think I've read any English novelist in recent years who has such complete control over the way she uses prose to do what she wants to do, like a singer or a pianist," Stothard said. She triumphed from a shortlist that was striking in its contrast to last year, when judges emphasised readability.
Hilary Mantel's acceptance speech, after winning the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2009
Bring up the Bodies
It is to be followed by The Mirror and the Light. Bring Up the Bodies begins not long after the conclusion of Wolf Hall. The King shares private moments with Jane Seymour , and begins to fall in love with her. His present queen, Anne Boleyn , has failed to give him a male heir. Their relationship is a stormy one, sometimes loving and sometimes characterized by angry quarrels. At length, the King tells Cromwell privately, "I cannot live as I have. Cromwell promises the King he will find a legal way to make this happen.
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