Wolf Hall CD-Audio
Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2009 and read by Dan Stevens, star of TV's Downton Abbey. 'Lock Cromwell in a deep dungeon in the morning,' says Thomas More, 'and when you come back that night he'll be sitting on a plush cushion eating larks' tongues, and all the gaolers will owe him money.' England, the 1520s.
Henry VIII is on the throne, but has no heir. Cardinal Wolsey is his chief advisor, charged with securing the divorce the pope refuses to grant.
Into this atmosphere of distrust and need comes Thomas Cromwell, first as Wolsey's clerk, and later his successor.
Cromwell is a wholly original man: the son of a brutal blacksmith, a political genius, a briber, a charmer, a bully, a man with a delicate and deadly expertise in manipulating people and events.
Ruthless in pursuit of his own interests, he is as ambitious in his wider politics as he is for himself.
His reforming agenda is carried out in the grip of a self-interested parliament and a king who fluctuates between romantic passions and murderous rages. From one of our finest living writers, Wolf Hall is that very rare thing: a truly great English novel, one that explores the intersection of individual psychology and wider politics.
With a vast array of characters, and richly overflowing with incident, it peels back history to show us Tudor England as a half-made society, moulding itself with great passion and suffering and courage.
- Format: CD-Audio
- Pages: 6 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 06/11/2009
- Category: Historical fiction
- ISBN: 9780007237234
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Review by Glorybe1
I am not sure you need another review, but hey ho here we go! I have just finished Wolf Hall and have to say that overall I really did enjoy it. Although the writing style meant you had to concentrate on it quite hard or you were likely to miss something and have to re-read paragraphs!! It was written in a modern way of speaking and not at all as they would have spoken at the time, which probably kept the interest there!You did not really know Cromwell any better at the end of the book than you did at the start,(other than that he had been physically abused by his father, beaten constantly as a boy) but I did enjoy the journey to the end. I do not really understand however, why it was called "Wolf Hall" which was Jane Seymours family home. Though she is mentioned, I would not have said she was a cornerstone of the story!! (maybe I missed something and didn,t re-read!!) I am not sure either about it being a book winner as it would not be everyones cup of tea due to the style of writing! But an enjoyable read all in all!