The Mirror & the Light




      The Mirror & the Light
If you cannot speak truth at a beheading, when can you speak itEngland, May 1536 Anne Boleyn is dead, decapitated in the space of a heartbeat by a hired French executioner As her remains are bundled into oblivion, Thomas Cromwell breakfasts with the victors The blacksmith s son from Putney emerges from the spring s bloodbath to continue his climb to power and wealth, while his formidable master, Henry VIII, settles to short lived happiness with his third queen before Jane dies giving birth to the male heir he most craves.Cromwell is a man with only his wits to rely on he has no great family to back him, no private army Despite rebellion at home, traitors plotting abroad and the threat of invasion testing Henry s regime to the breaking point, Cromwell s robust imagination sees a new country in the mirror of the future But can a nation, or a person, shed the past like a skin Do the dead continually unbury themselves What will you do, the Spanish ambassador asks Cromwell, when the king turns on you, as sooner or later he turns on everyone close to him With The Mirror the Light, Hilary Mantel brings to a triumphant close the trilogy she began with Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies She traces the final years of Thomas Cromwell, the boy from nowhere who climbs to the heights of power, offering a defining portrait of predator and prey, of a ferocious contest between present and past, between royal will and a common man s vision of a modern nation making itself through conflict, passion, and courage. Free Download eBook The Mirror & the Light by Hilary Mantel – heartforum.co.uk

Hilary Mantel is the bestselling author of many novels includingWolf Hall, which won the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for fictionBring Up the Bodies, Book Two of the Wolf Hall Trilogy, was also awarded the Man Booker Prize and the Costa Book Award She is also the author ofA Change of Climate, A Place of Greater Safety, Eight Months on Ghazzah Street, An Experiment in Love, The Giant, O Brien, Fludd, Beyond Black, Every Day Is Mother s Day, and Vacant Possession. She has also written a memoir,Giving Up the Ghost. Mantel was the winner of the Hawthornden Prize, and her reviews and essays have appeared inThe New York Times,The New York Review of Books, and theLondon Review of Books. She lives in England with her husband.


      The Mirror & the Light
 By Hilary Mantel IBN : 0805096604 Format : Hardcover – heartforum.co.uk
  • Hardcover
  • 784 pages
  • The Mirror & the Light
  • Hilary Mantel
  • English
  • 08 April 2018
  • 0805096604

10 thoughts on “ The Mirror & the Light

  1. Nermin says:

    I really don t understand how and why anyone would give an unpublished book 1 star and 4,5 stars for that matter Isn t it high time Goodreads did something about it

  2. Marchpane says:

    Aaaand hes back Thomas Cromwell aka Cremuel aka Crumb aka he, Cromwell aka he The upjumped blacksmiths boy, now Master Secretary, is newly elevated to Baron as The Mirror The Light kicks off, a reward for his part in disposing of Anne Boleyn I could go into raptures about Mantels exceptional prose here sinewy, there sweeping or the finely detailed historical research, or her vivid, textured Tudor England setting as close to time travel as literature gets But the real triumph of Aaaand he s back Thomas Cromwell aka Cremuel aka Crumb aka he, Cromwell aka he The upjumped blacksmith s boy, now Master Secretary, is newly elevated to Baron as The Mirror The Light kicks off, a reward for his part in disposing of Anne Boleyn I could go into raptures about Mantel s exceptional prose here sinewy, there sweeping or the finely detailed historical research, or her vivid, textured Tudor England setting as close to time travel as literature gets But the real triumph of this trilogy is the use of perspective, which reaches its acme in this final instalmentHe, CromwellThis is the special sauce, this close 3rd person It s how we ride around on Cromwell s shoulder, seeing everything from his unique point of view It is not objective It s immediate and intimate It is also, for some readers, a major irritant, but if you have made it to book 3 you re at least used to it by now.In this final volume we go de...

  3. Desirae says:

    I needHe, Cromwell in my life.Seriously, I cannot wait for this.

  4. Adam Dalva says:

    It does not disappoint It sticks the landing Andthough it lacks the seductiveness of Wolf Hall, it gradually becomes the highpoint of the series Mantel does the impossible here she accelerates through time, expanding Thomas Cromwell s life in both directions as he ages and becomes haughty, as Henry VIII rushes through his wives, as England veers through myriad catastrophes in the backdrop Light spoilers will follow What a relief for me to finally, 11 years after Wolf Hall, to read It does not disappoint It sticks the landing Andthough it lacks the seductiveness of Wolf Hall, it gradually becomes the highpoint of the series Mantel does the impossibl...

  5. Hugh says:

    Longlisted for the Women s Prize for Fiction 2020, probably the first of many.A monumental book that brings a brilliant series to a fitting conclusion.I am neither a historian nor a writer, which means I am far from being the best person to review this book, nor does there seem much point writing in detail about the plot, most of which is documented history, so I would rather focus on personal impressions.As in the earlier books, whatever we may feel about her take on his motivations, Mantel s Longlisted for the Women s Prize for Fiction 2020, probably the first of many.A monumental book that brings a brilliant series to a fitting conclusion.I am neither a historian nor a writer, which means I am far from being the best person to review this book, nor does there seem much point writing in detail about the plot, most of which is documented history, so I would rather focus on personal impressions.As in the earlier books, whatever we may feel about her take on his motivations, Mantel s Cromwell is a brilliantly realised and very human character, for all the barbarity that survival in such times required Once again, he is mostly described in the third person, either as he, or he with a job title Lord Privy Seal for most of the book and Essex at the end.The story is bookended by two beheadings we start where Bring Up the Bodies finished at the execution of Anne Boleyn, and we finish with Cromwell s own demise though there is a brief chapter at the end which explains what happene...

  6. Gumble& says:

    More of a preview than a review but I hope of interest I attended the event at the Royal Festival Hall tonight to launch the book The evening started with two of the actors from the TV series reading first from Wolf Hall and then Bring Up The Bodies Then Hilary Mantel read the opening part of The Mirror and The Light She then had a long, detailed and very informative interview with the journalist Alex Clark and finished the evening by reading almost the end of the book p866 if you have a More of a preview than a review but I hope of interest I attended the event at the Royal Festival Hall tonight to launch the book The evening started with two of the actors from the TV series reading first from Wolf Hall and then Bring Up The Bodies Then Hilary Mantel read the opening part of The Mirror and The Light She then had a long, detailed and very informative interview with the journalist Alex Clark and finished the evening by reading almost the end of the book p866 if you have a written copy A few points I found of interest and remembered I did not take notes so I missed muchOn the length of the book she emphasised that readers were not reviewers they did not need to rush to finish the book in 48 hours so they could write a review Some on Goodreads may disagree In particular the book is deliberately set out in five main parts before the closing ...

  7. T_creum says:

    One reviewer knocked the book, claimed Mantel savages the royals just to sell books The book is not published yet And for goodness sake, read the speech Mantel obviously feels sorry for Kate, and the free press gleefully and intentionally misrepresented her ...

  8. Fionnuala says:

    Near the beginning of this book, there s a scene in which an exotic cat, imported from Damascus, tries to escape from the confines of Thomas Cromwell s garden in London by climbing a tree near the wall As he watches his servants try to capture the cat with a net, Cromwell puts his money on the Damascene cat outwitting their attempts because, like her, he himself has travelled far to get where he is, and he would fight anyone who tried to remove him from his high position.That particular cat was Near the beginning of this book, there s a scene in which an exotic cat, imported from Damascus, tries to escape from the confines of Thomas Cromwell s garden in London by climbing a tree near the wall As he watches his servants try to capture the cat with a net, Cromwell puts his money on the Damascene cat outwitting their attempts because, like her, he himself has travelled far to get where he is, and he would fight anyone who tried to remove him from his high position.That particular cat was never mentioned again, but the scene remained in my mind, and I found myself looking out for further scenes involving cats Part of the motivation was curiosity to see how far Hilary Mantel can push a metaphor but another part of my motivation involved finding reasons to keep reading this book I had been completely charmed by the writing in Wolf Hall, and evenenthralled by Bring Up the Bodies so it was a surprise to me to find that I was a reluctant reader in the early chap...

  9. Susanna - Censored by heartforum.co.uk says:

    It feels like we ve been waiting for this one forever, but I think it s only five years or so.I have never felt such kinship with G.R.R Martin fans.

  10. Book of Secrets°ღ says:

    Update Woohoo It s finally here I m listening on audio 38 hours long so it will probably take a couple of months to finish, BUT it s finally here She, Diana, needs this book to be released soon Update Woohoo It s finally here I m listening on ...

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