Bring Up the Bodies
|Series||Thomas Cromwell trilogy (in course)|
|Publisher||Fourth Estate (UK)/ Henry Holt and Co. (US)|
|8 May 2012|
|Media type||Print (hardback)|
|LC Class||PR6063.A438 B75 2012|
|Preceded by||Wolf Hall|
|Followed by||The Mirror and the Light|
Bring Up the Bodies is a historical novel by Hilary Mantel and sequel to her award-winning Wolf Hall. It is the second part of a planned trilogy charting the rise and fall of Thomas Cromwell, the powerful minister in the court of King Henry VIII. Bring Up the Bodies won the 2012 Man Booker Prize and the 2012 Costa Book of the Year. Preceded by Wolf Hall, it is to be followed by The Mirror and the Light.
Bring Up the Bodies begins where the previous novel finished. The King and Master Secretary Thomas Cromwell are the guests of the Seymour family at 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 and, as rumours of her infidelity spread, the King seeks a way to be rid of her, and marry the new object of his affections.
Anne Boleyn and Thomas Cromwell owe their current high status to each other. They become pitted against each other, as Cromwell seeks to find a legitimate excuse to expel her from the King's court. Cromwell, master politician, uses Anne's fall from grace as a chance to settle scores with old enemies. The book ends with the death of Anne.
[The book's] ironic ending will be no cliffhanger for anyone even remotely familiar with Henry VIII's trail of carnage. But in Bring Up the Bodies it works as one. The wonder of Ms. Mantel's retelling is that she makes these events fresh and terrifying all over again."
Awards and honours
- 2012 Man Booker Prize, winner
- 2012 Specsavers National Book Awards "UK Author of the Year"
- 2012 Costa Book Awards (Novel), winner
- 2012 Costa Book Awards (Book of the Year), winner
- 2012 Salon What To Read Awards
- 2013 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction, shortlist
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- Robert McCrum (29 January 2013). "Hilary Mantel's Bring Up the Bodies: a middlebrow triumph". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 January 2013.
- Sameer Rahim (29 January 2013). "Costa Book Award: who would dare refuse Hilary Mantel her crown?". The Telegraph. Retrieved 30 January 2013.
- Staff writer (30 January 2013). "Hilary Mantel wins Costa Book Award". BBC News. Retrieved 30 January 2013.
- David Daley (23 December 2012). "The What To Read Awards: Top 10 Books of 2012". Salon. Retrieved 24 December 2012.
- 18 April 2013. "Shortlist for 2013 Walter Scott Prize Announced". Borders Book Festival. Retrieved 15 June 2013.
- "Tan Twan Eng wins The Walter Scott Prize". Borders Book Festival. 14 June 2013. Retrieved 15 June 2013.
- Bring up the bodies (description of the book), UK: Harper Collins.
The Sense of an Ending
|Man Booker Prize recipient