Author: Hilary Mantel
Genre: Historical Fiction
Description: Tudor England. Henry VIII is on the throne, but has no heir. Cardinal Wolsey is charged with securing his divorce. Into this atmosphere of distrust comes Thomas Cromwell - a man as ruthlessly 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. (via Goodreads)
Thoughts: This book had been on my TBR for a number of years and the TV series that aired this past spring in North America on PBS prompted me to read the book. I actually liked that it was a little slower to read through, as one was able to get a sense of Cromwell's intellect and calculating behaviour. I liked how Mantel used language to slow the reader down deliberately and the personal details that were interspersed throughout the book and didn't overwhelm the story itself.
Bottom line: Really enjoyed the book and details and can see why the book won the Man Booker. I would recommend the book to those that enjoy literary fiction and history fiction. Highly Recommended.