Hilary Mantel: Bring Up the Bodies (2381 words)


Bring Up the Bodies was Mantel’s surprise sequel to Wolf Hall, as only two books, rather than three, were originally planned. This decision is especially notable as Bring Up the Bodies went on to make literary history for Mantel by winning her the Booker prize for the second time. She explained its chance arrival just before it was published:

When I came to write about the destruction of Anne Boleyn (a destruction which took place, essentially, over a period of three weeks) the process of writing and the writing itself took on an alarming intensity, and by the time Anne was dead I felt I had passed through a moral ordeal. I can only guess that the effect on the reader will be the same; …

Citation: Pollard, Eileen. "Bring Up the Bodies". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 12 October 2017 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=34709, accessed 03 August 2021.]

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