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With a satirical voice reminiscent of Muriel Spark and a bleak and darkly inventive imagination, Hilary Mantel's fiction has taken readers into the depths of the French Revolution, the arcane world of freak-shows and troubled lives in distant lands. She has a clear, detached style, observing with an acute eye the tragedies and horrors of human failings, of evil, and of the impotence of all attempts to impose order upon the world. Her novels include Fludd (1989), winner of the Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize, the Cheltenham Prize and the Southern Arts Literature Prize; A Place of Greater Safety (1992), winner of the Sunday Express Book of the Year award; and An Experiment in Love (1995), winner of the 1996 Hawthornden Prize.
In her new novel, Bring Up the Bodies (Softcover. $24.99), the sequel to her Man Booker Prize-winning Wolf Hall (2009), explores one of the most mystifying and frightening episodes in English history: the destruction of Anne Boleyn. By 1535 the fortunes of Thomas Cromwell, Chief Minister to Henry VIII, have risen with those of Henry's second wife. But the King's actions have forced England into dangerous isolation, and Anne has failed to do what she promised: bear him a son. (HarperCollins. May)
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