What They Say: Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2012
What Elaine Says: It gives me great pleasure to tell you that this book more than lives up to the hype.
Wolf Hall, was a phenomonal literary achievement and this, the sequal, not only manages to maintain that level but surpass it. It's a gifted writer that take a story so familiar to an audience and make it fresh. Mantel not only gives us a new insight into the court of Henry VIII but somehow manages to surprise us.
I'm not generally a fan of historical fiction but this series of novels (there will be 1, if not 2 more) feel fresh and more importantly relevant.
Everybody deserves a chance to experience this book for the first time. Make sure you do.
Elaine's Rating: 10/10
"You can be merry with the king, you can share a joke with him. But as Thomas More used to say, it's like sporting with a tamed lion. You tousle its mane and pull it's ears, but all the time you're thinking, those claws, those claws, those claws."