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Old 23-09-2022, 11:43 AM
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RIP Hilary Mantel

BBC News - Wolf Hall author Hilary Mantel dies at 70
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I don't know whether she was suffering from any illness, it seems a bolt from the blue. I loved the Wolf Hall trilogy. I know this seems selfish and callous, but I just hope they still follow through with the TV adaptation of the last installment.
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Old 23-09-2022, 11:46 AM
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RIP Hilary Mantel

Loved all of her books.


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Old 23-09-2022, 11:47 AM
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Blimey, this is a bit of a shocker.
She always looked unhealthy (thought it was just thyroid problems) but a fantastic author, RIP
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Old 23-09-2022, 11:48 AM
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Oh wow, really?
Those books are brilliant. RIP.
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RIP. Her Wolf Hall trilogy was a masterpiece of historical literature. She had an extraordinarily imaginative mind and often an original perspective. Her short story “The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher” was widely criticised by those who had (presumably) read it and completely missed the point.
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I’m in the middle of the mirror and the light at the moment. Utterly brilliant. Very sad news
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Yeah, completely. It took me ages (weeks?) to read the 1st 200 or so pages of Wolf Hall but once I'd broken the back of the book, I think I read the last 150 pages in a single sitting & then told everyone I knew that they had to read it.

I read Bring Up the Bodies and The Mirror & the Light much quicker. I think I have an unread copy of A Place of Greater Safety somewhere...

I also saw the theatre productions of the Cromwell trilogy - they were amazing, too. I'm sure I posted about them on the Theatre thread.
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RIP. Read and enjoyed the first two books of the Wolf Hall trilogy and the TV series.
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Not my bag at all.
However, the Mrs enjoyed them, and I did like her as a person, admittedly only from what I've read and seen from her interviews.
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I'm a fan of Historical Fiction so enjoyed the Cromwell trilogy greatly and her earlier novel set in the French Revolution called A Place of Greater Safety is really good too.

After quickly producing two excellent books about Cromwell you can tell she struggled to get to the end of The Mirror and the Light, perhaps poor health or writer's block or maybe she was reluctant to get to the subject of the book's demise.

She was also a good essayist I liked this one she wrote about Kate Middleton and the royals.

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Saw the TV adaptation of Wolf Hall (Mark Rylance?). Fantastic.
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Not my bag at all.
However, the Mrs enjoyed them, and I did like her as a person, admittedly only from what I've read and seen from her interviews.
Would the introduction of some 1-to-1 maybe rekindle your liking for your Mrs? Worth a shot.
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I loved the books and the TV show, excellent.

It sounds churlish but some of the obituaries were over the top with one columnist claiming she she reinvented historial drama. I think that is a claim too much there are lots of excellent well researched historical fiction out there written before her time all she did was follow that and did it very well.

Anyway RIP.
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