If there was just one book that swept the literary fiction world last year, it was Hilary Mantel's ambitious take on the life of Thomas Cromwell, Wolf Hall.
Wolf Hall won a number of prizes including the Booker Prize award as well as the inaugural Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction, and from memory I think that the book was shortlisted for the Orange Prize as well! The critics loved the book, but how about you?
Haven't read the book yet? In celebration of the fact that Wolf Hall is now available in paperback, we have one paperback copy of Wolf Hall available to win to anyone with a US address.
Here's the book description:
In the ruthless arena of King Henry VIII’s court, only one man dares to gamble his life to win the king’s favor and ascend to the heights of political power…
England in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years, and marry Anne Boleyn. The pope and most of Europe opposes him. The quest for the king’s freedom destroys his adviser, the brilliant Cardinal Wolsey, and leaves a power vacuum.
Into this impasse steps Thomas Cromwell. Cromwell is a wholly original man, a charmer and a bully, both idealist and opportunist, astute in reading people and a demon of energy: he is also a consummate politician, hardened by his personal losses, implacable in his ambition. But Henry is volatile: one day tender, one day murderous. Cromwell helps him break the opposition, but what will be the price of his triumph?
In inimitable style, Hilary Mantel presents a picture of a half-made society on the cusp of change, where individuals fight or embrace their fate with passion and courage. With a vast array of characters, overflowing with incident, the novel re-creates an era when the personal and political are separated by a hairbreadth, where success brings unlimited power but a single failure means death.”
Giveaway open to US address only
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Contest closes 30 September 2010.