Southbank Centre’s Book Podcast: Hilary Mantel – The Mirror and the Light

British author Hilary Mantel joined us here at Southbank Centre earlier this month to reveal the eagerly awaited third novel in her thrilling Thomas Cromwell trilogy, The Mirror and the Light.

Bringing to a triumphant close the series she began with Wolf Hall and followed up with Bring Up the Bodies, the book offers a defining portrait of predator and prey, of a ferocious contest between present and past, between royal will and a common man’s vision. It’s the story of a modern nation making itself through conflict, passion and courage.

In this podcast, chaired by journalist and broadcaster Alex Clark, Mantel reflects on the finale of one of the most compelling and celebrated trilogies of modern times, before ending with a special reading of The Mirror and the Light.

Southbank Centre’s Book Podcast: Hilary Mantel – The Mirror and the Light by Southbank Centre's Book Podcast

 

I’m really glad no-one is there to see the expressions on my face as I type, because I act everything, and consequently I’m completely exhausted by the end of the day. I feel whatever I’ve written I’ve lived.
Hilary Mantel on her writing process

 

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