This month has been all about Thomas Cromwell.
Hilary Mantel‘s long-awaited novel, The Mirror and the Light, was released at the beginning of the month, which meant that in order to be up to speed with the story, I re-read Wolf Hall (last read in 2009) and Bring up the Bodies (last read in 2012) before tackling The Mirror and the Light.
That makes for a lot of reading, but the books are so well written, I raced through them, reading at every opportunity and far too late into the night.
With The Mirror and the Light, Hilary Mantel brings to a triumphant close the trilogy she began with Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. She traces the final years of Thomas Cromwell, the boy from nowhere who climbs to the heights of power, offering a defining portrait of predator and prey, of a ferocious contest between present and past, between royal will and a common man’s vision: of a modern nation making itself through conflict, passion and courage.
Favourite line: ‘If you cannot speak truth at a beheading, when can you speak it?’