Bring Up the Bodies: The No-Spoiler Zone

By Guy Somerset In Book Club

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1st June, 2012 4 comments

This is the place to comment if you’ve not finished Hilary Mantel’s Bring Up the Bodies yet, or if you have finished but want to say something to people still reading it. If you want to spill the beans, you should be in our Spoiler Zone.

Here, by the way, is an extra Mantel interview for you, the one Jane Westaway did with her when Wolf Hall was released.

And this is Mantel talking to Kim Hill:

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4 Responses to “Bring Up the Bodies: The No-Spoiler Zone”

  1. Caroline Thomas Jun 14 2012, 4:44pm

    sorry Alice13 but I disagree about the light touch. Sentences in excess of 60 words and 11 commas are not light.
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  2. Craig Ranapia Jun 13 2012, 2:56pm

    My comiserations for having to endure 'The Other Boelyn Girl' in any medium -- but that basically gave the finger to history with such yobbish vigour (as opposed to Mantell's obsessive research) it doesn't matter much.
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  3. Teresa Gordon Jun 12 2012, 2:12pm

    I am so close to starting Bring up the Bodies but I made the decision to read Wolf Hall first as it was sitting on my virtual To Be Read list. I'm 78% of the way through and really enjoying it although I wish I hadn't watched The Other Boleyn Girl on DVD by pure chance a week before starting Wolf Hall. I promise to finish this and Bring up the Bodies... and make comment.. before the enf of June (whew! - no light hearted reads for me this month then).
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  4. Alice13 Jun 9 2012, 3:09pm

    It's such a relief to be reading Bring Up the Bodies, after trying - and failing - to enjoy The Forrests. I did so want it to be good, because Emily is such a legend (and so great to listen to in Wellington). But I felt I fell into the category of 'if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say it at all'. But Hilary Mantel is on another level altogether. I felt bereft when Wolf Hall finished and, only 30-odd pages in, I am transported back into Tudor England. She has such a light touch with her writing, uses few adjectives but I get the sense of the man very clearly. Pure joy.
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