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The Mirror & the Light (Wolf Hall Trilogy, Book 3) - Hilary Mantel

The Mirror & the Light (Wolf Hall Trilogy, Book 3) - Hilary Mantel

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Title: The Mirror & the Light

Author:  Hilary Mantel

ISBN:  9780007480999

Weight:  990g

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The Mirror & the Light by Hilary Mantel

‘If you cannot speak truth at a beheading, when can you speak it?’

England, May 1536.  Anne Boleyn is dead, decapitated in the space of a heartbeat by a hired French executioner.  As her remains are bundled into oblivion, Thomas Cromwell breakfasts with the victors.  The blacksmith’s son from Putney emerges from the spring’s bloodbath to continue his climb to power and wealth, while his formidable master, Henry VIII, settles to short-lived happiness with his third queen, Jane Seymour.

Cromwell is a man with only his wits to rely on; he has no great family to back him, no private army.  Despite rebellion at home, traitors plotting abroad and the threat of invasion testing Henry’s regime to breaking point, Cromwell’s robust imagination sees a new country in the mirror of the future.  But can a nation, or a person, shed the past like a skin?  Do the dead continually unbury themselves?  What will you do, the Spanish ambassador asks Cromwell, when the king turns on you, as sooner or later he turns on everyone close to him?

With The Mirror & the Light, Hilary Mantel brings to a triumphant close the trilogy she began with Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies.  She traces the final years of Thomas Cromwell, the boy from nowhere who climbs to the heights of power, offering a defining portrait of predator and prey, of a ferocious contest between present and past, between royal will and a common man’s vision: of a modern nation making itself through conflict, passion and courage.

Peer & Press Reviews

Ambitious, compassionate, clear-eyed yet emotional, passionate and pragmatic, The Mirror & the Light lays down a marker for historical fiction that will set the standard for generations to come.


On closing the book I wept as I’ve not wept over a novel since I was a child…  Mantel struck her spear against the flint of Thomas Cromwell, and lit such a candle in England as will never go out.

Sarah Perry, Telegraph

A masterpiece…  Mantel has redefined what the historical novel is capable of…  Taken together, her Cromwell novels are, for my money, the greatest English novels of this century.

Stephanie Merritt, Observer

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title The Mirror & the Light
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Edition background This Independent Bookshop edition includes 10 extra pages of exclusive material from Hilary Mantel about, amongst other things, the books that inspired the series, the poetry of Thomas Wyatt and Tudor jellies.
Jacket note Different editions of this book have different jacket ISBNs.  The jacket ISBN for this Independent Bookshop exclusive edition is: 9780008390600.
Series Wolf Hall Trilogy – book 3
Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed NO, this book is UNSIGNED
Ephemera Comes with a 53-page, pocket-size booklet, The World of Wolf Hall.  This is a reading guide to Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies.
Awards and Media
Awards and prizes

Booker Prize 2020 – longlist

Women’s Prize for Fiction 2020 – shortlist

Media adaptation BBC Radio 4 Book at Bedtime: fifteen 15-minute episodes, airing Mon-Fri at 10:45pm from 16 Mar 2020.
Book Stats
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Imprint Fourth Estate
Publication date
Printed by CPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 13 9780007480999
ISBN 10 0007480997
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 875 [main body + 10 extra pages of exclusive material]
Size (h x w x d) 241 x 160 x 63mm
Packed weight 1.679kg [a very heavy book]
Image and Design Credits
Author photograph George Miles
Design Julian Humphries
Endpaper photo Ben Miles
Jacket images Shutterstock

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