The Mirror & the Light

By Hilary Mantel


“If you cannot speak truth at a beheading, when can you speak it?”England, 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 c…


Published date: March 10, 2020
Type: Books
Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction

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How could this not win the Booker? How? What is the point of the Booker if The Mirror & The Light doesn’t win - for, let’s not make any bones, this is the greatest book of 2020, and maybe this decade. For the final part of a trilogy to be the best part of the trilogy is borderline impossible, but Mantell’s genius burns like a feasting-hall of candles. Presumably she’ll now get the Nobel Prize for literature. There’s no reason for the Nobel to exist if she doesn’t. I stan her ferociously. A queen writing about queens.