WOLF HALL (English, Paperback, Mantel, Hilary)

    WOLF HALL  (English, Paperback, Mantel, Hilary)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: HarperCollins Publisher
    • ISBN: 9780007353552, 0007353553
    • Edition: 1st, 2009
    • Pages: 653
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    Flipkart Official Review

    16th century England is not England without The Tudors. That is for sure. We are all aware of the fact. Of Henry VIII and his six queens and perhaps what happened to each of them. The famous way to remember what happened to them is: “Divorced Beheaded Died. Divorced Beheaded Survived”. This is the best way to remember what happened to each of them.

    Hilary Mantel’s magnum opus though – is a trilogy not of Henry VIII but one of the people in his counsel – Thomas Cromwell and how he grew in the King’s court. The book begins in 1500 and ends in 1535. It is all about Cromwell and how he rose to become Cardinal Wolsey’s right-hand man, and how he oversaw the King’s divorce to Catherine of Aragon. Mantel takes into account everything ever said and written about Cromwell and gives us her well-researched and highly entertaining version. A read not to be missed. Also, do check out the sequel to this one: Bring Up the Bodies.


    Wolf Hall is an award winning historical novel set in the period between 1500 and 1535. It is a fictionalised biography detailing Thomas Cromwell's ruthless rise to power in King Henry VIII’s court.

    Summary Of The Book

    Wolf Hall takes the reader to England of the 1520s, when it is was on the brink of a political crisis. A threat of civil war looms in case the king dies without a successor. At the same time, Henry VIII wishes to annul his 20 year old marriage and marry Anne Boleyn. Cardinal Wolsey is his chief advisor, entrusted with the onerous task of securing the king's divorce, which is vehemently opposed by the Pope and most of Europe. The difficult circumstances that he finds himself in destroy him completely.

    Taking advantage of the uncertain atmosphere comes in Thomas Cromwell, a blacksmith’s son, Wolsey's beloved patron and a political genius who would do just about anything to quench his thirst for power. The loss of his family and the downfall of Wolsey prepares him to break all the rules and manipulate everything that comes in his way of shaping England as per his own and Henry's wishes. His reforms are carried out against the parliament, the Pope, the entire political establishment and under a king who swings between moments of amorous passions and brutal anger.

    Wolf Hall is the winner of the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction in the year 2009. In the following year, it won the Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction. In 2012, BBC decided to adapt it for BBC Two.

    About Hilary Mantel

    Hilary Mantel is an award winning English writer.

    Her other works include Eight Months on Ghazzah Street, Beyond Black, An Experiment in Love and Fludd.

    Hilary Mantel was born on 6 July, 1952, in Derbyshire, England. She attended the London School of Economics and the University of Sheffield and studied Law. Before returning to Britain in the mid-1980s, she worked as a social worker for nine years in Botswana and Saudi Arabia. During that time she started writing her first novel. Her books have won a number of awards like the Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize, Sunday Express Book of the Year and the prestigious Man Booker Prize. In 2006, she was honoured with the CBE medal. Mantel writes on a range of topics and in various forms such as essays, historical fiction, short stories and personal memoirs.

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    Book Details
    • Publication Year
      • 2009
    • Awards
      • The Man Booker Prize Winner
    • Award Year
      • 2009
    • Author Info
      • Hilary Mantel was born in northern Derbyshire in 1952. She was educated at a convent school in Cheshire and went on to the LSE and Sheffield University, where she studied law. After university she was briefly a social worker in a geriatric hospital, and much later used her experiences in her novels Every Day is Mother's Day and Vacant Possession. In 1977 she went to live in Botswana with her husband, then a geologist. In 1982 they moved on to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, where she would set her third novel, Eight Months on Ghazzah Street. Her first novel was published in 1985, and she returned to the UK the following year. In 1987 she was awarded the Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize for travel writing, and became the film critic of the Spectator. Her fourth novel, Fludd, was awarded the Cheltenham Festival Prize, the Southern Arts Literature Prize, and the Winifred Holtby Prize. Her fifth novel, A Place of Greater Safety, won the Sunday Express Book of the Year Award. A Change of Climate, published in 1993, is the story of an East Anglian family, former missionaries, torn apart by conflicts generated in Southern Africa in the early years of Apartheid. An Experiment in Love published in 1995, is a story about childhood and university life, set in London in 1970. It was awarded the Hawthornden Prize. Beyond Black was shortlisted for the Orange Prize. She reviews widely for a range of newspapers and magazines, and is working on two new novels, one contemporary and one set in the late 18th century. Hilary Mantel is one of our most important living writers. She is the author of twelve books, including A Place of Greater Safety, Giving Up the Ghost, Beyond Black, which was shortlisted for the 2006 Orange Prize, and Wolf Hall, which won the 2009 Man Booker Prize.
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    It is very, very rarely seen in literature that a book comes out which entirely, suffiently and efficiently describes or attributes to its genre. WOLF HALL is such a work, such a book which contributes to its genre convincingly. WOLF HALL is like a WOLF howling among SHEEP.
    The book has an interesting and appealing storyline. It has a vast and convincing cast of characters painted vibrantly on a ginormous canvas by HILARY MANTEL. The pace is steady and moving and always makes the reader hang ...

    Areeb Ahmad

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    11 Dec, 2012

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    Interesting read

    An interesting insight into a period of Henry's reign, covering the period when he broke from the Roman Catholic Church. It covers the story of Thomas Cromwell - his rise from obscurity to a position where the highest noblemen in the land sought his favour, and the way he served the king, while furthering his own interests.
    Quite a compleX book.

    Pervin Dadachanji

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    13 Aug, 2012

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    Great read!

    This is not a book review - Paper quality is good. And the font size is fairly big. Delivery was quick. Thank you Flipkart!


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    25 Jan, 2016


    great read!

    very fascinating writing style and intricate detailing of characters are the USP of this book. Must red for fans of historic fictions. and flipkart thanks for amazing discount!!!

    saniya bhalerao

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    5 Aug, 2014



    Strongly suggest you read.. Will never regret... just awesome.. One of the best I have read in recent times.
    couldn't let go of the book once I started and left me wanting me more and thankfully I have bring up the bodies.. Yeah!!
    love mantel and Thomas Cromwell...

    Fao Grace

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    5 Dec, 2013


    Wonderful book

    Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel is a very good read. It follows the adventures of a lawyer in England 'Thomas Cromwell' and his rise in power to one of the important advisors of King Henry VIII and the role he plays in some of the drastic changes that the king makes to england.
    It is a wonderful read and you will be addicted to the author's sense of writing

    Rajkumar Palanisamy

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    18 Feb, 2013


    So why is this book called Wolf Hall?

    Wolf Hall is the seat of a prominent family in the book. But their role is rather marginal in this book (very important in the second one though).

    I'm dont understand why the book is called Wolf Hall when it has nothing to do with Wolf Hall at all!

    Nice read though.

    Praneeth Ramanavarapu

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    31 Jan, 2013


    Not Just Another Tom-Tom.

    Plot:It describes an England of 16th century and the politics being played out between church,kings and Queens.The King wants to remarry but is being refused permission by Church.The plot is very beautifully , also the power struggles are well portrayed. There is definitely a lot of characters and plenty of them named "Tom" to spin your head.

    Comment:But its a thick book and i would recommend a non stop read coz i tried to continue from the point where i had stopped after i had a couple of ...

    Samir Bodkhe

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    8 Dec, 2012


    Another Gem

    Very good .................................................................................................................................................................................

    Ashok Paudel

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    15 Nov, 2015

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