Published Jan 2010
Wolf Hall is Hilary Mantel’s magisterial novel which takes us behind the scenes during one of the most formative periods in English history: the reign of Henry VIII. Wolf Hall is told mainly through the eyes of Thomas Cromwell, a self-made man who rose from being a blacksmith’s son in Putney to be the most powerful man in England after the king. Other characters include Cardinal Wolsey, Thomas More, Anne Boleyn and Henry’s other wives – and, of course, King Henry himself. It was a time when a half-made society was making itself with great passion and suffering and courage; a time when those involved in the art of the possible were servants to masters only interested in glorious gestures; a time when the very idea of social progress, and of a better world, was fresh, alien and threatening. It was a time of men who weren’t like us, but who were creating us.
Wolf Hall was awarded the 2009 Man Booker Prize. Other prizes and nominations include: Shortlisted for the Orange Prize 2010 Shortlisted for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize 2010 Shortlisted for the 2009 Costa Novel Award Winner of the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award Winner of the inaugural 2010 Walter Scott Prize For Historical Fiction.