literature & poetry

BBC World Book Club: Hilary Mantel

Part of Man Booker 50

Acclaimed author, Hilary Mantel, discusses her chart-topping, Man Booker Prize-winning novel Bring Up the Bodies.

Hilary Mantel speaks with BBC presenter Harriett Gilbert, taking questions from the audience and listeners around the world.

The second part of her best-selling trilogy, Bring Up the Bodies delves into the heart of Tudor history with the rise and fall of Thomas Cromwell, the powerful minister at the heart of King Henry VIII’s court, and the downfall of his second queen, Anne Boleyn.

Chaired by Harriett Gilbert.

This event is being recorded by BBC World Book Club for broadcast on August 5.

Hilary Mantel won the Man Booker Prize twice, first for Wolf Hall in 2009 and again for Bring Up the Bodies in 2012. She is the author of 14 books, including two short story collections, a memoir, Giving Up the Ghost, and various radio dramas. Mantel has won a number of literary prizes. Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies were adapted by the BBC and the Royal Shakespeare Company, after which Mantel was appointed an RSC Governor.

She lives by the sea in the west of England and is currently working on the third novel in her Cromwell trilogy, The Mirror and The Light.

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