National Book Critics Circle, Fiction, 2010
Man Booker Prize, Fiction, 2009
Tudor England. Henry VIII is on the throne, but has no heir. Cardinal Wolsey is charged with securing his divorce. Into this atmosphere of distrust comes Thomas Cromwell - a man as ruthlessly ambitious in his wider politics as he is for himself. His reforming agenda is carried out in the grip of a self-interested parliament and a king who fluctuates between romantic passions and murderous rages.
Winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2009 and the National Book Critics Circle for Fiction 2010, Wolf Hall is written by Hilary Mantel and is an exceptional work of historical fiction with this unabridged audiobook edition narrated by professional actor Simon Slater. Hear the story of King Henry VIII told like it has never been told before. From the King's ruthless volatility and deadly infatuations to Thomas Cromwell's advocacy of the English Reformation. In this brilliantly constructed story, Mantel has perfectly captured a fraction of British history and brought it back to life. Available now from Audible.
"If the dance between king and mistress is expertly choreographed, it is Mantel's presentation of the common realm - the seething streets of Putney and Wimbledon, populated by drapers and boatmen - that gives this novel the force of revelation." (The Guardian)
"...as soon as I opened the book I was gripped. I read it almost non-stop. When I did have to put it down, I was full of regret the story was over, a regret I still feel. This is a wonderful and intelligently imagined retelling of a familiar tale from an unfamiliar angle - one that makes the drama unfolding nearly five centuries ago look new again, and shocking again, too. " (The Times)"The reader, Simon Slater, skilfully adopts contrasting voices and the narrative has an immediacy close to a dramatisation... Provocative, rewarding listening." (The Times)
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Lose yourself in 16th century England
A worthy challenge.