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Bring Up the Bodies
Bring Up the Bodies | Hilary Mantel
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By 1535 Thomas Cromwell, the blacksmiths son, is far from his humble origins. Chief Minister to Henry VIII, his fortunes have risen with those of Anne Boleyn, Henrys second wife, for whose sake Henry has broken with Rome and created his own church. But Henrys actions have forced England into dangerous isolation, and Anne has failed to do what she promised: bear a son to secure the Tudor line. When Henry visits Wolf Hall, Cromwell watches as Henry falls in love with the silent, plain Jane Seymour. The minister sees what is at stake: not just the kings pleasure, but the safety of the nation. As he eases a way through the sexual politics of the court, and its miasma of gossip, he must negotiate a truth that will satisfy Henry and secure his own career. But neither minister nor king will emerge undamaged from the bloody theatre of Annes final days. In Bring Up the Bodies, sequel to the Man Booker Prize winning Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel explores one of the most mystifying and frightening episodes in English history: the destruction of Anne Boleyn.
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#bookhaul from a user book store. The best part was it didn't cost me anything! I traded in some books I won't reread and got new gems to enjoy!

The tagged book has been on my tbr forever! Maybe I'll finally get around to reading it!

Slajaunie Welcome to Litsy! 📖💚 2mo
Crazeedi Welcome to litsy!! Love that you traded for more books to read! 2mo
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Peaslady
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This is one of my all time favourite books! Even better than Wolf Hall in my opinion. Mantel's turn of phrase is so unique, she uses punctuation and metaphors like a poet. And the way she evokes this period in history so faithfully, whilst keeping the writing and dialogue modern, is masterful. I particularly love how she brings characters to life, often using a small action, like their entrance into a room, to reveal some of their personality.

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Peaslady
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'Sir Nicholas Carew has made an entrance. He does not come into a room like lesser men, but rolls in, like a siege engine or some formidable hurling device: and now, halting before Cromwell, he looks as though he wishes to bombard him.' p. 310

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Peaslady
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p. 106

BarbaraBB Is it as good as 5mo
Peaslady @BarbaraBB yes! Even better! 5mo
BarbaraBB That is so good to know, thanks! 💕 5mo
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jenniferw88
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Hi @JaneyWaneyB I just want to clarify which Henry you meant on your #sits form as I don't want to do the wrong one! As you've also mentioned Elizabeth I I think you might mean the one on the right (as that's Dad & the one on the left is Granddad!) but wanted to check before I buy! 🤣🤣😘😘

@Chrissyreadit

PS Tagged book may or may not be under consideration!

JaneyWaneyB Ha ha who knows what I was thinking 🤣 my history is appalling GCSE & A Level was all WWII they ignored the rest 🙄 Henry VIII Elizabeth's dad was the Henry I meant, I love Hampton Court Palace. I've always struggled with historical fiction so looking for any good recommendations...I do love a thriller and murder mystery 5mo
jenniferw88 @JaneyWaneyB thank you - just wanted to check! My Dad was a history teacher so know what you mean about it all being WW1 and 2! 5mo
JaneyWaneyB I will be bugging you with lots of questions as I'm wracking my brains to find some good books and treats for you 😃 first one, do you drink tea? 5mo
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jenniferw88 @JaneyWaneyB I'm more of a coffee / hot chocolate drinker thanks. Feel free to email me so that Litsy doesn't get clogged up with messages (it's irene_gulliver@yahoo.co.uk if you need it again!) 5mo
JaneyWaneyB 👍 5mo
Chrissyreadit 🥰🥰🥰🥰 5mo
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Peaslady
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'There is a pause, while she turns the great pages of her volume of rage, and puts her finger on just the right word. 'What you say, Cromwell, is... contemptible.'' p. 89

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Peaslady
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'Just a staircase: and there, with the light of a sconce lapping at its gold trim, is the stiff new doublet of Mark Smeaton. Mark himself is lurking inside it.' p.74

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Peaslady
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'Troubled men both, he thinks, Wriothesley and Riche, and alike in some ways, sidling around the peripheries of their own souls, tapping at the walls: oh, what is that hollow sound?' p. 60

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batsy
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I just found out that there's finally a date for the third book in Mantel's Thomas Cromwell trilogy: March 2020! I can finally read the second book (tagged) this year 😆

https://theguardian.com/books/2019/may/22/hilary-mantel-the-mirror-and-the-light...

TrishB Waterstones are doing cloth bound signed copies for (e8. I hope if I resist long enough they‘ll all be gone when I give in. 6mo
batsy @TrishB Hahaha 😂😂 I bet it'll be gorgeous! And I'm pretending not to notice the price #thestruggleisreal 6mo
Simona We share the reading plans 😘 6mo
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CarolynM I'm actually dreading it. I know I'll have to read it but I also know I won't like the end.☹️ 6mo
batsy @Simona We do indeed 😘 6mo
batsy @CarolynM I know what you mean 🙁 6mo
Amiable Excellent news! 6mo
Melissa_J Finally! I can‘t wait. I love the books 😊 6mo
MayJasper Me too (start the second book) 😊 6mo
rubyslippersreads I need to read the second book too. 6mo
LeahBergen Gahhhhhh! So excited! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 6mo
ginnywriteswords I am so excited! I need to re-read Wolf Hall and read the second one! 6mo
Theaelizabet 👏👏👏👏👏 6mo
batsy @rubyslippersreads 👍🏽👍🏽 like @ginnywriteswords I'm wondering if I should reread Wolf Hall before starting because it's been awhile 😁 6mo
rubyslippersreads @batsy @ginnywriteswords I wonder the same thing. 6mo
Centique Oh my lord this is the best news! 6mo
TrishB My daughter told hubby about the special edition and he‘s preordered it for me 😁 I‘ve told him off because of cost but I‘m very happy really!! I‘ll have to buy another one though to read.....🤷‍♀️ 6mo
batsy @Centique Isn't it just 😍 6mo
batsy @TrishB I think it's Litsy consensus that Mr B is the best ... And we'll add your daughter to the list! 🥰❤️ Can't wait for you to post a pic of it, though we do have quite a bit of a wait 😁 6mo
TrishB He‘s a good one 👍🏻 can‘t tell him too often though 😁😁 it will be a long wait! 6mo
GatheringBooks i‘ve been reading a number of reviews of wolf hall and bring up the bodies indicating that the novels are super obscure and quite difficult to understand. is it worth the drudgery? do i need some background knowledge of victorian history to actually get the stories? 6mo
batsy @GatheringBooks I didn't find it a chore to read, though it seems like many did. I loved it & I have zero conception of British/Victorian history—it's a rather modern take on psychology & state of mind. So maybe there isn't enough fast-paced plot for people who expected that from something labelled historical fiction. I think if you read about a 1/4 & still find it a slog, it's safe to bail. The style & momentum doesn't change. 6mo
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Went to a #library #booksale yesterday and got these goodies. I recently read The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah so ended up getting three more WW2 novels. Also, apparently I‘m all about 16th century British monarchs too, so I got two of those. And one classic and one YA. #bookhaul #bookstack I can‘t turn down a bargain.

rretzler I‘m fascinated by WWII novels! 7mo
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BarbaraBB
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This is week 10 of #ATY2019 and I have been following the prompts in order so far but this week‘s one (A book featuring an historical figure) I'm skipping. Although I want to read this book (I've been meaning to since Wolf Hall and since I heard that part 3 in the series will be published this year), I am just NOT in the mood for a chunkster of historical fiction. So this week I'll pass and hopefully later this year I will read it!

Reviewsbylola Wolf Hall nearly killed me and I only made it to page 130. 😆😆 8mo
Bklover @Reviewsbylola Oh, I‘m with you there! I kept thinking I HAD to read Wolf Hall because .....well, I don‘t know why. But reading it just pissed me off to be honest. The writing style 🙄😠🤯. I made it about as far as you did. 8mo
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WanderingBookaneer I‘ve never felt compelled to tackle 8mo
Rachel_nyc I only got about 100 pages into this one as well! I loved the first and do plan to return to this one at some point. Hopefully it will go better next time around for both of us. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 8mo
Marina_h Are you on schedule for ATY? 👍 I'll soon be 2 books behind, but I'm hoping to catch up during holidays. It'll be interesting hearing what you think of this one when you finish. As the others I really didn't enjoy Wolf Hall. I DNF'ed around some place as @Reviewsbylola and @Bklover 😁 8mo
BarbaraBB @Marina_h I‘m on schedule except for this week. It‘s challenging to read the prompts in order but I like it. Next week I‘ll start this one for the Zodiac Chinese animals! 8mo
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Romey
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“Her doctors have advised that congress with a man would be good for her health. If a young woman‘s vital spirits are bottled up, she becomes pale and thin, her appetite wanes, she begins to waste; marriage is an occupation for her, she forgets her minor ailments; her womb remains anchored and primed for use, and shows no tendency to go wandering about her body as if it had nothing better to do”

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Amiable
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The second in the Thomas Cromwell trilogy. In this one, Henry VIII has become disenchanted with Anne Boleyn and instructs Cromwell to find ways to bring her down so he can marry Jane Seymour. It concludes with her trial and beheading. I liked this a lot better than "Wolf Hall," the first one, which I found to be a chore to read. I'm not sure if this book was edited better or if I just got used to the writing style.

wordzie Sounds really 👍 9mo
CarolynM She stopped just saying "He" when she meant Cromwell and used his name more, which helped me a lot. I loved Wolf Hall, but I kept having to reread passages when I realised she was talking about Cromwell and not the man she'd been talking about immediately before?. I'm actually dreading the publication of the final book because I know I'll have to read it but I know it's not going to end well. 9mo
Amiable @CarolynM I know what you mean! 😀 9mo
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Romey
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At the moment my ideal #Saturdaynight is getting cosy in bed with Thomas Cromwell 🤣 I read Wolf Hall a couple of years ago, loved it (obviously), and always meant to come back for part 2. So far it does not disappoint 🙌🏻 #ilovethetudors

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JillR
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“God help us, Cromwell, what a man the king is! How many wives does he mean to have?” I preferred this to Wolf Hall; the writing is more accessible, the characters easier to follow, and I found this part of Cromwell‘s story faster paced and more dramatic even than the first instalment. More noticeably though I felt I understood Cromwell more, which had been a problem for me with Wolf Hall. Still a bit of a struggle, but I‘m glad I‘ve read it.

Melissa_J I love these books! I hope the third book comes out in 2019. 10mo
JillR @Melissa_J I can‘t say I‘ve loved them, I found them both quite difficult to read, but I am glad I battled through and enjoyed this much more. I just googled the third instalment and no date yet... 10mo
Melissa_J I choose Wolf Hall as a book club pick several years ago. I was the only one who liked it! I‘m no longer in the book club. One of my good friends, who is still in the book club, doesn‘t trust my recommendations to this day because of that book. She despised it! And apparently the book club still talks about that ‘awful‘ pick 😂 (edited) 10mo
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JillR Ah no @Melissa_J that‘s awful 🙈. I must admit I hated Wolf Hall and am still not sure what made me keep going until the end. And then to also pick this one up! Very glad I did though, I feel a sense of achievement haha 10mo
Cathythoughts Jillian!! You did it ! I‘m impressed with your staying power , well done !! , Could one read Bring Up the Bodies if one didn‘t finish Wolf Hall ? ..... just wondering (edited) 10mo
JillR @cathythoughts I‘m so glad you‘re proud of me 😬 haha! I don‘t think it would be impossible to read this without finishing Wolf Hall, as long as you‘d got far enough to know who all the characters are and if “one” were so inclined... 😉 (edited) 10mo
Reviewsbylola I‘ve never been able to read Mantel after failing miserably with Wolf Hall. 10mo
Reviewsbylola It sounds like I‘m not alone with WH. 😂 @Melissa_J @jillr @Cathythoughts 10mo
Melissa_J @Reviewsbylola Mantel is definitely not for everyone. I‘ve read a couple of her other books, one of which I loved (Beyond Black) and the other of which I hated (The Giant, O‘Brien). 10mo
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lonelybluenights
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Nope.

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jemmahoughton
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'The executioner... his assistant is approaching the corpse but the four women are there first, blocking him with their bodies. One of them says fiercely, "We do not want men to handle her".' - Pg 472

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jemmahoughton
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'But the contest is not even. He has his papers, and if it comes to it, he can lay them on the table and make his case without them; he has his trained memory, he has his accustomed self-possession, his courtroom voice that places no strain on his throat, his urbanity of manner that places no strain on his emotions...' - Pg 446

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jemmahoughton
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'When Gregory says, "Are they guilty?" he means, "Did they do it?" But when he [Cromwell] says, "Are they guilty?" he means, "Did the court find them so?" The lawyer's world is entire unto itself, the human pared away.' - Pg 438

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jemmahoughton
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'Look, he says: once you have exhausted the process of negotiation and compromise, once you have fixed on the destruction of an enemy, that destruction must be swift and it must be perfect. Before you even glance in his direction, you should have his name on a warrant, the ports blocked, his wife and friends bought, his heir under your protection, his money in your strong room and his dog running to your whistle.' - Pg 417

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jemmahoughton
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"I learn much daily, from mere proximity." - Pg 414

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jemmahoughton
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'There is a time to stand on your dignity, but there is a time to abandon it in the interests of your safety.' - Pg 400

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jemmahoughton
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'He once thought it himself, that he might die of grief: for his wife, his daughters, his sisters, his father and master the cardinal. But the pulse, obdurate, keeps its rhythm. You think you cannot keep breathing, but your ribcage has other ideas, rising and falling, emitting sighs. You must thrive in spite of yourself...' - Pg 393

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jemmahoughton
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'... How did she ever come near me, Anne Boleyn? Why did I ever look at her? Why did she blind my eyes? There are so many women in the world, so many fresh and young and virtuous women, so many good and kind women. Why have I been cursed with women who destroy the children in their own wombs?'
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jemmahoughton
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'You can be merry with the king, you can share a joke with him. But as Thomas More used to say, it's like sporting with a tamed lion. You toustle its mane and pull its ears, but all the time you're thinking, those claws, those claws, those claws.' - Pg 249

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jemmahoughton
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"You like to know where you are with a woman. Is she a harlot, or a lady?" - Pg 245
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jemmahoughton
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'A term in Parliament is an exercise in frustration, it is a lesson in patience: whichever way you like to look at it. They commune of war, peace, strife, contention, debate, murmur, grudges, riches, poverty, truth, falsehood, justice, equity, oppression, treason, murder and the edification and continuance of the commonwealth; then do as their predecessors have done - that is, as well as they might - and leave off where they began.' - Pg 212

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jemmahoughton
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'Never let me hear you claim, "You don't know what goes on behind closed doors." Find out.' - Pg 151

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jemmahoughton
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"No... That is not my aim and those are not my methods." - Pg 131

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jemmahoughton
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'That's the way it takes men; life's work over, rural ennui stretching ahead: a procession of days, Sunday to Sunday, all without shape.' - Pg 125

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jemmahoughton
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'... Thurston advices, "take your cock out and put it on the table and see what he says to that."
"I do that anyway," he says. "If the conversation flags."' - Pg 61

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jemmahoughton
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'Once sinuous, she has become angular.' - Pg 43

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jemmahoughton
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'... I rebut any notion that...' - Pg 39

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jemmahoughton
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'... what an uncivil question!' - Pg 33

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jemmahoughton
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'... attrition of time'. - Pg 11

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zsuzsanna_reads
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Not feeling very inspired as both baby and I are struggling with the cold from hell.

There is a whole lot of #illmakeyousorry in Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies centred around Anne Boleyn: Anne against the cardinal and Catherine and Mary, others against Anne.

#nofemmeber #illmakeyousorry

TrishB Good one 👍🏻 12mo
batsy Ooh, great pick! 12mo
Cinfhen Nice choice!! Sorry you‘re not feeling great, I feel so bad when babies have colds😢tagging my cohost @Billypar 12mo
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CarolynM Great choice. Hope everyone's on the mend soon❤️ 12mo
Billypar Hope you both feel better soon! I am definitely going to be reading this series, only a question of when! 12mo
zsuzsanna_reads @billypar thanks! The audiobooks of these are really good too. Can't wait for the final book in the trilogy. 12mo
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Shamzi
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My reading partner, I miss her more every day!!!

Butterflyamore 😥 14mo
Shamzi @Butterflyamore don't worry, she is still alive, just does not stay with me anymore!!! 14mo
Butterflyamore @shammi.dc10 Oh, that‘s a relief. I‘m glad she is still alive but still sad that you miss her. 14mo
Shamzi @Butterflyamore absolutely, her name is Bebo!!! 14mo
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I hope she writes a third!!

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TrishB 😮😮 1y
vkois88 😂😂😂 I literally had to scroll back up to reexamine what I was looking at 1y
Sarah83 Gorgeous 😍 1y
Tashreads Ha! Well done ma‘am, well done 👍 1y
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DrexEdit
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Been on a Hilary Mantel buying kick lately. I also now have all the Dark Tower books except for #5. That series is getting so *read* this year! 😊 📚📚

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thebluestocking
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#riotgrams #mapslegendsorotherbonusart

I‘m a sucker for a good chart.

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TiredLibrarian
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1. Blue
2. Nothing. I'm not a binge watcher.
3. Tagged book, along with Wolf Hall
4. Is cheese a condiment? 🍔🧀 Besides that, just ketchup
5. Whatever arises... 😉😊
#Friyayintro @jesshowbooks

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Mitch
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#uklittens - tickets have just been released for the Golden Man Booker - some of which are free( including Hilary Mantel discussing the tagged book & the keynote with Howard Jacobsen titled “ why the novel matters “). I doubt the free event tickets will be around long, so book quick!

LeahBergen That sounds amazing. 😍 2y
Mitch I‘ve booked for the gala announcement- deciding now if I need a posh dress 🤣🤣 @LeahBergen 2y
Ms_T WOW! 😃 2y
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laurenbescoby Can't find any info on it! Help! Xx 2y
Mitch I only booked my tickets 30 mins ago and there was good availability ( you have to ‘Book‘ even for the free ones ) @miralunasbooknook Good luck! 2y
Emilymdxn I just booked tickets for a few of these too! I‘m really excited 2y
Mitch Cool @Emilymdxn I‘m at the Mantel & Jacobsen events on the Saturday and then the Gala on the Sunday. Ping me on the day if you are too and we can say hi! 2y
Emilymdxn I‘m at the Jacobsen event too! 2y
Mitch Cool! @Emilymdxn see you there! 2y
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JillR
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We‘ve been visiting family for Easter and we always find an excuse to sneak off and visit the Oxfam secondhand bookshop near my in-laws house. Not a huge selection this time, but I‘m happy with my little haul - all for under (c8!

LeahBergen I loved Bring Up the Bodies. Longbourn is pretty good, too. 👍🏻 2y
Tamra I am enjoying the Dunmore book I‘m reading now, good writing. Doesn‘t overwrite/over explain. I‘d like to read the Longbourn too! 2y
bedandabook Good haul! I‘m planning a visit to my local Oxfam bookshop tomorrow. 2y
JillR @leahbergen I love historical fiction but admit I‘ve tried Wolf Hall twice now & not got more than a third in - I‘m hoping having Bring on the Bodies will inspire me to try again! Glad to see thumbs up for Longbourn & Birdcage Walk @tamra! @bedandabook enjoy 😊 2y
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tobypfrench
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I am in love with Mantel's Thomas; he, Cromwell.

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ladyonequestion
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An enjoyable narration of the novel, I found this much easier to listen to than the audiobook of Wolf Hall, although not a big fan of Anne Boleyn's "French" accent. Needless to say I loved the book when I read it, Mantel really captures the period and Cromwell's character. The King and Anne and Jane are here too, captured in loving detail that doesn't ignore their flaws. #audiobook #reread #HistoricalFiction

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ladyonequestion
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#audiobook at work.

Much happier with the narrator so far. He seems to be capturing the lyricism of the book far better and the voices so far are a bit more how I would imagine them to sound.

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Heideschrampf
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What difference a new narrator makes.... not sure which i like better, though... or maybe we're just entering into a more depressing phase of Thomas Cromwell's life!?

Andrew65 I thought Simon Vance did a great job with this one. 2y
Heideschrampf @Andrew65 he does! But so did simon slater in part one... it's just weird having "recasted" the protagonist, but i don't think i would have noticed the difference so much had i not listen to it back to back 2y
Andrew65 @Heideschrampf I didn‘t do the audiobook for the first one. 2y
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Beauregard the lion says we‘re ready for Chinese New Year. Bring on the Year of the 🐶🏮🍊🇭🇰