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The Mirror & the Light

The Dresden Files Series

Hilary Mantel

A captivating historical fiction novel set in Tudor England, The Mirror & the Light tells the story of Thomas Cromwell's climb to power and wealth after the execution of Anne Boleyn. Despite the threats of rebellion, traitors, and invasion, Cromwell imagines a new country in the future, but wonders if a person or a nation can truly shed their past. Hilary Mantel brings the trilogy that began with Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies to a triumphant close with this defining portrait of predator and prey, royal will and common man's vision, and the creation of a modern nation through conflict, passion, and courage.
Publish Date
first published in 2020
Goodreads Rating
I always enjoy posting a summer book list around this time of year. 📚 are so important IMO - especially in tough times - for wellbeing, perspective, understanding. So even though my reading has been limited this year due to COVID, here’s a few that I’ve enjoyed and recommend.      source
Even in the 1500’s, people understood social distancing during pandemics, and heads of state and the wealthy didn’t always want to comply. See this brief passage from Hilary Mantel’s newest great book on the court of Henry VIII, “The Mirror & the Light”.      source
How could this not win the Booker? How? What is the point of the Booker if The Mirror & The Light doesn’t win - for, let’s not make any bones, this is the greatest book of 2020, and maybe this decade. For the final part of a trilogy to be the best part of the trilogy is borderline impossible, but Mantell’s genius burns like a feasting-hall of candles. Presumably she’ll now get the Nobel Prize for literature. There’s no reason for the Nobel to exist if she doesn’t. I stan her ferociously. A queen writing about queens.      source
The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel — ‘majestic and poetic’ my tribute to this very great book and its author      source
I’ve ploughed through books in last few months, using @BorrowBox or @audible to listen as I walk. Loved Queenie, Wolf Hall series, Line of Beauty, Beekeeper of Aleppo, The Color Purple, Between The World And Me. Didn’t love Overstory or Where Crawdads Sing but both decent      source