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.
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By 1535 Thomas Cromwell, the blacksmith's son, is far from his humble origins. Chief Minister to Henry VIII, his fortunes have risen with those of Anne Boleyn, Henry’s second wife, for whose sake Henry has broken with Rome and created his own church. In Bring Up the Bodies, Hilary Mantel explores one of the most mystifying and frightening episodes in English history: the destruction of Anne Boleyn.
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A tour-de-force of historical imagination, this is the story of three young men at the dawn of the French Revolution. Georges-Jacques Danton: zealous, energetic, debt-ridden. Maximilien Robespierre: small, diligent, and terrified of violence. And Camille Desmoulins: a genius of rhetoric, charming, handsome, but erratic and untrustworthy. As these key figures of the French Revolution taste the addictive delights of power, they must also come to face the horror that follows.
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Alison Hart, a medium by trade, tours the dormitory towns of London's orbital ring road with her flint-hearted sidekick, Colette, passing on messages from beloved dead ancestors. But behind her plump, smiling persona hides a desperate woman: she knows the terrors the next life holds but must conceal them from her wide-eyed clients. At the same time she is plagued by spirits from her own past, who infiltrate her body and home, becoming stronger and nastier the more she resists....
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Ralph and Anna Eldred live in the big Red House in Norfolk, raising their four children and devoting their lives to charity. But the constant flood of 'good souls and sad cases' welcomed into their home hides the growing crises in their own family. From the violent townships of South Africa to the windswept countryside of Norfolk, this is an epic yet subtle family saga about what happens when trust is broken...
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England, the 1520s. Henry VIII is on the throne, but has no heir. Cardinal Wolsey is his chief advisor, charged with securing the divorce the pope refuses to grant. Into this atmosphere of distrust and need comes Thomas Cromwell, first as Wolsey's clerk, and later his successor. Cromwell is a wholly original man: the son of a brutal blacksmith, a political genius, a briber, a charmer, a bully, a man with a delicate and deadly expertise in manipulating people and events.
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The sequel to the Man Booker-winning Wolf Hall. ‘My boy Thomas, give him a dirty look and he’ll gouge your eye out. Trip him, and he’ll cut off your leg,’ says Walter Cromwell in the year 1500. ‘But if you don’t cut across him he’s a very gentleman. And he’ll stand anyone a drink.’ By 1535 Thomas Cromwell, the blacksmith’s son, is far from his humble origins. Chief Minister to Henry VIII, his fortunes have risen with those of Anne Boleyn, Henry’s second wife, for whose sake Henry has broken with Rome and created his own church.
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Opening with "A Second Home", in which Mantel describes the death of her stepfather, Giving Up the Ghost is a wry, shocking, and beautifully written memoir of childhood, ghosts (real and metaphorical), illness, and family. Finally, at the memoir's conclusion, Mantel explains how a series of medical misunderstandings and neglect left her childless, and how the ghosts of the unborn have come to haunt her life as a writer.
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Frances Shore is a cartographer by trade, a maker of maps, but when her husband's work takes her to Saudi Arabia she finds herself unable to map the Kingdom's areas of internal darkness. The regime is corrupt and harsh, and the streets are not a woman's territory; so she becomes confined in her flat. As her days empty of certainty and purpose, her life becomes a blank – waiting to be filled by violence and disaster.
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Evelyn and Muriel Axon, mother and daughter, lead a haunted existence. Objects of horror to their neighbours, they evade or terrorise any social worker who crosses their path. Inside their house, they pursue a covert persecution of each other, shrinking from the unseen occupants of their spare room. But change is in the air… Every Day is Mother's Day is a merciless comedy of colliding lives: of sex, death, madness, adultery and the social services.
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Charles O’Brien, Irish bard and giant: The cynical are moved by his flights of romance; the craven stirred by his tales of epic deeds. The Surprising Irish Giant may be the sensation of the season but only his compatriots seem to attend to his mythic powers of invention. John Hunter, celebrated surgeon and anatomist, buys dead men from the gallows and babies’ corpses by the inch. Where is a man as unique as The Giant to hide his bones when he is yet alive?
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Trois jeunes avocats ambitieux sont venus à Paris dans l'intention d'y faire carrière. Criblé de dettes, Jacques Danton rêve de gloire et de fortune. Malgré sa disgrâce physique, il dégage un puissant magnétisme érotique. Maximilien de Robespierre est un jeune homme brillant, frêle et appliqué, que la violence effraie. Sensible et épris de liberté, il souhaite ardemment changer le système inégalitaire de la France. Camille Desmoulins est un pamphlétaire de génie.
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This sharp, funny collection of stories begins in the 1950s in an insular northern village 'scoured by bitter winds and rough gossip tongues.' The title story sees our narrator ironing out her northern vowels with the help of an ex-actress with one lung and a Manchester accent. In Third Floor Rising' she watches, dazzled, as her mother carves out a stylish new identity. With a deceptively light touch, Mantel locates the transforming moments of a haunted childhood.
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From the double Man Booker Prize-winner, a savagely funny tale that revisits the characters from the much-loved Every Day is Mother’s Day. Muriel Axon is about to re-enter the lives of Colin Sidney and Isabel Field. It is ten years since her last tangle with them, but for Muriel this is not time enough. There are still scores to be settled, truths to be faced and vengeance to be wreaked.
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A brilliant collection of short stories from the double Man Booker Prize-winning author of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies.Hilary Mantel is one of Britain's most accomplished and acclaimed writers. In these ten bracingly subversive tales, all her gifts of characterisation and observation are fully engaged, summoning forth the horrors so often concealed behind everyday façades.
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Fetherhoughton is a dreary town in 1950s northern England. Father Angwin has lost his faith. Sister Philomena strains against convent life. The inhabitants of the town go about their lives in a haze. Then a stranger appears, bringing with him the hint of something new. But who is Fludd? An angel come to shake the dwellers from their stupor, or is he the devil himself, a wanderer of the darkest places in the human heart?
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1791. La Révolution a fait voler en éclats la société française. Tout a changé : le régime, les lois, le système éducatif... Mais la situation politique du pays reste profondément instable. À Paris et en province, les luttes de pouvoir, les conspirations, l'intransigeance des nouveaux élus, la menace d'une guerre qui anéantirait une France déjà exsangue instaurent un climat délétère. Après avoir œuvré pour la Révolution et occupé le devant de la scène, Danton et Camille Desmoulins voient Robespierre se radicaliser.
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England 1520: Henry VIII. ist noch immer ohne männlichen Thronfolger, was für ihn eine persönliche wie politische Katastrophe ist. Ohne einen Erben droht dem Königreich ein verheerender Bürgerkrieg. Henry VIII. will daher seine Ehe mit Katharina von Aragón annullieren lassen und seine Geliebte Anne Boleyn heiraten. Das sorgt für heftigen Widerstand in Rom und in Europa. In dieser heiklen Situation sind nun die Fähigkeiten Thomas Cromwells gefragt. Mit Bestechung, Einschüchterung und Charme steigt er zum wichtigen Vertrauten Henrys auf. Der Emporkömmling sieht sich bald von Feinden umgeben wie von einem Rudel Wölfe.
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England 1520: Henry VIII. ist noch immer ohne männlichen Thronfolger, was für ihn eine persönliche wie politische Katastrophe ist. Ohne einen Erben droht dem Königreich ein verheerender Bürgerkrieg. Henry VIII. will daher seine Ehe mit Katharina von Aragón annullieren lassen und seine Geliebte Anne Boleyn heiraten. Das sorgt für heftigen Widerstand in Rom und in Europa. In dieser heiklen Situation sind nun die Fähigkeiten Thomas Cromwells gefragt.
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Thomas Cromwell ist dank seiner Unterstützung für Anne Boleyn zum unangefochtenen Strippenzieher am Hofe Heinrichs VIII. aufgestiegen. Doch als auch Anne dem König keinen Thronfolger schenken kann, und der König sich in die zurückhaltende Jane Seymour verliebt, ändert Cromwell seine Taktik. Es geht um das Wohl Englands - und um die eigene Karriere.
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