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Listen to the exciting new rendition of Bring Up the Bodies, read by Ben Miles, who was personally cast by the author and played Thomas Cromwell in the Royal Shakespeare Company adaptation of Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies. With a historic win for Bring Up the Bodies, the second book in the gripping Thomas Cromwell Trilogy, Hilary Mantel becomes the first British author to be awarded two Man Booker Prizes.  

Winner of the Man Booker Prize. 

Winner of the Costa Book of the Year.  

By 1535 Thomas Cromwell is chief minister to Henry VIII, his fortunes having risen with those of Anne Boleyn, the king’s new wife. But Anne has failed to give the king an heir, and Cromwell watches as Henry falls for plain Jane Seymour. 

Cromwell must find a solution that will satisfy Henry, safeguard the nation and secure his own career. But neither minister nor king will emerge unscathed from the bloody theatre of Anne’s final days.

An astounding literary accomplishment, Bring Up the Bodies is the story of this most terrifying moment of history, by one of our greatest living novelists.  

©2012 Hilary Mantel (P)2020 W. F. Howes Ltd

Critic reviews

"Simply exceptional.... I envy anyone who hasn’t yet read it." (Daily Mail)

"A gripping story of tumbling fury and terror." (Independent on Sunday)  

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Mesmerising

The best literary experience of my life to date, read or listened to. Extraordinary. I finished book 3 and went right back to the start of the trilogy

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Loved It

Even though I loved Wolf Hall I found it hard to follow in places. Bring Up the Bodies, in my opinion, is more accessible. Again, written beautifully and strikingly. Ben Miles' performance is a joy to listen to.

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First rate narration

Ben Miles brings Mantel's historical trilogy to life. You are with Cromwell throughout his rise and fall.

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Complex and satisfying

Whilst I enjoyed Wolf Hall, (it was a different narrator) Ben Miles brings the words to life beautifully. The machinations of Cromwell’s life and work are depicted with great colour and variety. As a character from history, he’s played as both subtle, persuasive and terribly ruthless in his pursuit of the King’s desires. Far more interesting than what goes on at court, the underlying subterfuge and espionage is better than many thrillers set in the modern age. Wonderful.

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loved this book

This was a great audio book which gives a great insight into such a tough period of history, for those that lived it. And a great job was done by the narrator.

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Loved it

Even though I really enjoyed Wolfe Hall I found the beginning of it a bit confusing and had to go and find summaries to make sure I hadn’t missed anything, Bring up the bodies was much easier to follow and the story much clearer. It was so interesting and exciting and the narrator was excellent.

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An Enjoyable, if not fictious in parts, read.

Beautifully narrated, engaging. In parts not historically correct, however who is to know really?