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The Mirror & the Light

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Hilary Mantel

Narrated By: Ben Miles

Publisher: Macmillan Audio

Date: March 2020

Duration: 40 hours 13 minutes

Summary:

'The many listeners enthralled by the earlier two volumes in Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall trilogy will find all their expectations met in this final installment... Here is a narrative achievement of the highest order.' — AudioFile Magazine, Earphones Award winner

This program is read by Ben Miles, who played Thomas Cromwell in the Royal Shakespeare Company adaptation of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies

*This program includes a bonus conversation between Ben Miles and Hilary Mantel*

“If you cannot speak truth at a beheading, when can you speak it?”

With The Mirror & the Light, Hilary Mantel brings to a triumphant close the trilogy she began with her peerless, Booker Prize-winning novels, 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.

The story begins in 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, 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, Jane Seymour.

Cromwell, a man with only his wits to rely on, 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 the breaking point, Cromwell’s robust imagination sees a new country in the mirror of the future. All of England lies at his feet, ripe for innovation and religious reform. But as fortune’s wheel turns, Cromwell’s enemies are gathering in the shadows. The inevitable question remains: how long can anyone survive under Henry’s cruel and capricious gaze?

Eagerly awaited and eight years in the making, The Mirror & the Light completes Cromwell’s journey from self-made man to one of the most feared, influential figures of his time. Portrayed by Mantel with pathos and terrific energy, Cromwell is as complex as he is unforgettable: a politician and a fixer, a husband and a father, a man who both defied and defined his age.

A Macmillan Audio production from Henry Holt and Company

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  • Shari K.

    This is the third book of the Wolf Hall series. I enjoyed it so much that I will go back to the first and second books. Very well done!

  • Vicky W.

    I can hardly believe that I have come to the end of the Wolf Hall Trilogy. I’m speechless! I have imbedded myself in English history for the past year by reading all that I can of the Tudor period and nothing I have read comes close to these books ! I absolutely love them! I loved the narrator and as Ms Mantel said at the ending of the the 3rd book, Ben Miles will always be the voice of Cromwell. Outstanding loved every word!

  • Anonymous

    Slow boring taken too long to get to the main plot

  • Anonymous

    Great 3rd act.

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