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The Mirror & the Light
The Mirror & the Light | Hilary Mantel
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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 blacksmiths son from Putney emerges from the springs bloodbath to continue his climb to power and wealth, while his formidable master, Henry VIII, settles to short-lived happiness with his third queen before Jane dies giving birth to the male heir he most craves. 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 Henrys regime to the breaking point, Cromwells 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 mans vision: of a modern nation making itself through conflict, passion, and courage.
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Graciouswarriorprincess
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Comes out March 2020! I can‘t wait to read this and finish the trilogy!

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KimM
MIRROR AND THE LIGHT. | HILARY. MANTEL
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Yes! Long time inhabitant of my Waiting-To-Be-Released TBR list.

DrexEdit I am REALLY REALLY REALLY looking forward to this book! 😊 💜 📖 7mo
gossamerchild 😯😮😲 7mo
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toofondofbooks
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Yayuss!

DrexEdit I "whooped" quite loudly when I read this news. ???? 7mo
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melissajayne
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Finally!!

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Ericalambbrown
MIRROR AND THE LIGHT. | HILARY. MANTEL
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Hilary Mantel posted this over in FB land. Looks like March 2020 is the publication date of the final installment in her Wolf Hall trilogy. 😊

Caterina Yay! Feels like it's been an eternity of waiting. I'm glad the trilogy will be finished. 7mo
ladyonequestion Already excited, wondering whether to do a re-read in advance! 7mo
BarbaraJean Sounds like perfect timing for me to finally start reading Wolf Hall... 😆 7mo
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Ericalambbrown @BarbaraJean Right? At least you won‘t have to wait years like rest of us did to finish it. 🤣😂 7mo
Ericalambbrown @ladyonequestion I know. Since I know the history anyway, I may just watch that adaptation PBS ran. 7mo
BarbaraJean @Ericalambbrown My TBR backlog is finally paying off! 🤣 7mo
Ericalambbrown @BarbaraJean I love it when that happens! 😂 7mo
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