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The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel - 1st edition hardback, exclusive independent bookshop edition with bonus material


Author: Hilary Mantel

This copy of the long-awaited conclusion to the Wolf Hall trilogy is an exclusive print run created for independent bookstores. It contains material that doesn't appear in the standard edition, including an essay by Hilary Mantel about the historical settings of the trilogy. 1st edition, not 1st printing. 

"This book has been the greatest challenge of my writing life, and the most rewarding; I hope and trust my readers will find it has been worth the wait.” - Hilary Mantel

The higher you climb, the further you fall.

Widely regarded as two of the greatest works of historical fiction, Mantel's peerless, Booker Prize-winning novels Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies have dazzlingly charted the rising arc of mercurial Tudor plotter, politician and power broker Thomas Cromwell. Now, in The Mirror & the Light she brings her trilogy to its final, thrilling conclusion.

From a bloodied and tormented child on the rough-and-ready streets of Putney, to the service of the country’s most rich and powerful, Thomas Cromwell has ascended to the highest echelons of Henry VIII’s tumultuous court. He has survived the fall of Cardinal Wolsey and inveigled his way into the King’s confidence, overseen the overthrow of two queens and taken revenge on those who betrayed his former master.

Now all of England lies at his feet, ripe for innovation and religious reform. But as fortune’s wheel turns, Cromwell’s enemies are gathering in the shadows and the question remains: how long can anyone survive under Henry’s cruel and capricious gaze?

Eagerly awaited and eight years in the making, The Mirror & the Light completes Cromwell’s journey from self-made man to one of the most feared and influential figures of his time. Told with immediacy and pace, Mantel’s novels immerse readers in her Tudor world; rich with the sights, smells and textures of 16th century England. No other novelist is so successful in conjuring the intrigue, in-fighting and complex machinations of the machine of courtly politics. In her hands these novels form an unrivalled picture of royalty and common experience, duty and desire, conflict and loyalty. But the crowning glory of the trilogy is Cromwell himself, portrayed with passion, pathos and energy as politician, fixer, husband, father, subject and as a man who both defied and defined his age.

'So, the trilogy is complete and it is magnificent… A novel of epic proportions, every bit as thrilling, propulsive, dark comic, and stupendously intelligent as its predecessors. A masterpiece that will keep yielding its riches.' - The Guardian

'An epic work of historical fiction… We are lucky to have it.' - The Telegraph

'An amazing feat of sustained achievement.' - Daily Mail

'One of the slightly unfortunate effects of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall novels is that they make 99 per cent of contemporary literary fiction feel utterly pale and bloodless by comparison… The biggest publishing event of 2020… This is rich, full-bodied fiction. Indeed, it might well be the best of the trilogy simply because there is more of it, a treasure on every page.' - The Times

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers 
ISBN: 9780008366704 
Number of pages: 912 
Weight: 270 g 
Dimensions: 240 x 159 mm 
Edition: Special edition