Book Review: Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel

The world is not run from where he thinks. Not from border fortresses, not even from Whitehall. The world is run from Antwerp, from Florence, from places he has never imagined; from Lisbon, from where the ships with sails of silk drift west and are burned up in the sun. Not from the castle walls,… Continue reading Book Review: Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel

Lamentation, C. J. Sansom

I do love a book with a map in its cover! I must confess I'm not entirely sure what this map adds to the book, but at a personal level, I used to live pretty much where Shardlake's house is! Inside Lincoln's Inn. Abutting Chancery Lane. And that, pretty much, sums up the appeal of… Continue reading Lamentation, C. J. Sansom

Sovereign, C. J. Sansom

There are days, those dark days, when you sit down and realise that you've had the same meal for three days ... I've just sat down and realised that the last three books I've read are all historical fiction. Bring Up The Bodies by Mantel, Pure by Andrew Miller and now Sovereign by C. J.… Continue reading Sovereign, C. J. Sansom

Bring Up The Bodies, Hilary Mantel

What a fabulous book! It is rare that I anticipate a book as eagerly as this one; rare that a sequel can live up to the expectations of the first book; rare that historical fiction can grip me quite so intently! But Mantel manages all this in Bring Up The Bodies which, in my opinion,… Continue reading Bring Up The Bodies, Hilary Mantel

Bring Up The Bodies, Hilary Mantel

Ooooo the adorable and lovely Mrs P has just returned from Exeter with my pre-ordered copy of Bring Up The Bodies. As a big chunky two inch thick book, released in the midst of a busy time at work, it may take a while to be able to give a full review so I thought… Continue reading Bring Up The Bodies, Hilary Mantel