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The Mirror & the Light: A Virtual Event with Hilary Mantel
Wednesday, July 14, 2021 @ 7:30 pm
Admission + a copy of The Mirror & the Light are available for $18 + tax/fee and shipped straight to your door. Once you make your purchase, we will send you a private link to access the event. See below for detailed information on tickets.
Named a best book of 2020 by The New York Times, The Washington Post, TIME, The Guardian, and many more
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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 the 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 & 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.
Hilary Mantel, a two-time winner of the Man Booker Prize, is the author of the bestselling Wolf Hall Trilogy. The trilogy’s novels—Wolf Hall, Bring Up the Bodies, and The Mirror & the Light—have been translated into thirty-seven languages, and their sales have reached over six million copies worldwide. She is the author of sixteen books, including A Place of Greater Safety, the memoir Giving Up the Ghost, and the short-story collection The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher.
Moderated by: Nancy Goldstone
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