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Author: Hilary Mantel Narrator: Joseph Kloska Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Wolf Hall Series Release Date: March 2020 ISBN: 9781443461368
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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 blacksmith’s son from Putney emerges from the spring’s 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 Henry’s regime to breaking point, Cromwell’s 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 and 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 man’s vision: of a modern nation making itself through conflict, passion and courage.

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About the Author

Hilary Mantel, New York Times bestselling author, is the two-time winner of the Man Booker Prize for her bestselling novels, Wolf Hall, and its sequel, Bring Up the Bodies—an unprecedented achievement. The Royal Shakespeare Company adapted Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies for the stage to colossal critical acclaim, and a BBC/Masterpiece six-part adaption of the novels was released in 2015.

About the Narrator

Joseph Kloska was born and raised in North Cornwall. He studied history and French at University College London and then attended RADA. He won the BBC Carleton Hobbs Radio Award in 2006 and has appeared in over one hundred plays, readings, and live broadcasts for the BBC. He has worked extensively in theater, television, and film; recent work includes the film The Riot Club and theater performances for the Arcola Theatre (The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari, Moby-Dick), the Orange Tree Theatre (It Just Stopped) and the Royal Shakespeare Company (The Christmas Truce).