Hilary MantelJust a quickie post to alert those of you who haven’t heard to the changes in publication date of the sequel to Wolf Hall, Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel. Here are the dates:-

  • UK – Hardback edition to be published by Fourth Estate/Harper Collins on the 10th May 2012
  • Australia – Hardback edition to be published by Fourth Estate/Harper Collins on the 1st May 2012. You lucky Australians!
  • USA – Hardback (I think) to be published by Henry Holt and Co. on the 22nd May 2012

I haven’t see any details for the rest of the world, I’m afraid.

To whet your appetitite, here is the blurb from HarperCollins:-

“By 1535 Thomas Cromwell, the blacksmith’s son, is far from his humble origins. Chief Minister to Henry VIII, his fortunes have risen with those of Anne Boleyn, Henry’s second wife, for whose sake Henry has broken with Rome and created his own church. But Henry’s actions have forced England into dangerous isolation, and Anne has failed to do what she promised: bear a son to secure the Tudor line. When Henry visits Wolf Hall, Cromwell watches as Henry falls in love with the silent, plain Jane Seymour. The minister sees what is at stake: not just the king’s pleasure, but the safety of the nation. As he eases a way through the sexual politics of the court, its miasma of gossip, he must negotiate a ‘truth’ that will satisfy Henry and secure his own career. But neither minister nor king will emerge undamaged from the bloody theatre of Anne’s final days.

Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
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In ‘Bring up the Bodies’, sequel to the Man Booker Prize-winning ‘Wolf Hall’, Hilary Mantel explores one of the most mystifying and frightening episodes in English history: the destruction of Anne Boleyn. This new novel is a speaking picture, an audacious vision of Tudor England that sheds its light on the modern world. It is the work of one of our great writers at the height of her powers.”

Sounds like a definite must-read!

“Bring Up the Bodies” can be pre-ordered at Amazon UK with Amazon’s handy Pre-order Price Guarantee – click here for more information or to order.

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4 thoughts on “Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel”
  1. i’ll be interested to see how she handles all of this. It was very hard for me to like Cromwll in Wulf Hall–we’ll see how if works here. What did you think?

  2. It’s published ON my birthday! I shall have to pre-order and fork out for same-day delivery – what a treat, to begin reading it on my birthday!

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