Bring Up the Bodies

Hilary Mantel

Illustrated by Igor & Marina

Book 2 of the ‘Wolf Hall’ trilogy

Hilary Mantel’s monumental trilogy continues with Bring Up the Bodies. Published in series with Wolf Hall, this lavish Folio edition is illustrated by celebrated artists Igor & Marina. 

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‘The wonder of Ms. Mantel's retelling is that she makes these events fresh and terrifying all over again.’
  1. The New York Times

Joining the phenomenal best-selling Folio edition of Wolf Hall, the second book in Hilary Mantel’s trilogy also features the striking artwork of fine artists Igor and Marina. Working in pencil, the artistic duo delves into the minutiae of Cromwell’s life, bringing emotion and intrigue to the 11 drawings. A spectacular colour frontispiece and stunning binding design complete their work on this incredible edition.

Henry VIII has grown tired of Anne Boleyn and wants a new queen … Thomas Cromwell will help him fulfil this desire. In the second book in what is arguably the greatest trilogy of the modern era, Mantel immerses the reader in the narrative of the King’s chief minister, as played out against the glamorous and contentious backdrop of Tudor London. 

Bound in printed and blocked cloth

Set in Adobe Caslon

384 pages

Colour frontispiece and 11 full-page mono drawings with gold borders, including one double-page spread

2 family trees

Ribbon Marker

3 gilded edges

Plain endpapers

Plain slipcase

10˝ x 6¾˝

‘This is what life does for you in the end; it arranges a fight you can't win.’

Picking up where Wolf Hall left off, we see Cromwell become ever closer to the king. However, he must take care; treading a fine line between personal ambition and serving the best interests of the country, as he negotiates Henry’s desire for a new queen. Told from shifting perspectives, Mantel’s storytelling style is disconcerting, the narrative leaping from first-person to half-light and shadows so the truth is elicited from unexpected corners. Igor and Marina’s incredibly detailed pencil sketches seek out and capture the most intimate of moments in Cromwell’s world and, in doing so, perfectly align with Mantel’s unique narrative style. 

About Dame Hilary Mantel

British writer Dame Hilary Mantel was brought up in Derbyshire and Cheshire. She graduated in law from the University of Sheffield and later spent several years living in Jeddah and Botswana. She was the first woman to win the Booker Prize twice, firstly for her fictional account of Thomas Cromwell’s ascent to power, Wolf Hall, (2009; Folio 2022) and secondly for its sequel, Bring Up the Bodies (2012; Folio 2023). The third book in her trilogy, The Mirror and the Light, was longlisted in 2020. The trilogy won Mantel worldwide renown, but long before her immersion in the world of Tudor England, she was regarded as one of Britain’s finest novelists, short story writers and cultural critics. With A Place of Greater Safety she first explored the potential of historical fiction, but she has ranged widely, publishing Gothic novels (Beyond Black) and a book set in contemporary Saudi Arabia, for example. Her many awards include the Walter Scott Prize, a National Book Critics Circle Award and the British Academy President’s Medal. Mantel’s most recent book, Mantel Pieces, collects her remarkable and incisive essays published in the London Review of Books over three decades. 

About Igor & Marina

Igor & Marina are a husband-and-wife team of artists and designers, Igor Kozlovsky and Marina Sharapova. Born in Russia, they were trained at the Mukhina Academy of Art and Design in St Petersburg and have lived in the United States since 1997; at present they are based in Chicago and represented by galleries in New York, San Francisco and London. Their work is deeply influenced by European Old Master painting and the Russian icon tradition; it often combines delicately rendered figures with heavily patterned and richly coloured abstract backgrounds. Igor & Marina have organised solo exhibitions across the United States and participated in group shows worldwide.


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