The Mirror and the Light


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In an exclusive event, Hilary Mantel reveals the eagerly awaited third novel in her thrilling Thomas Cromwell trilogy, The Mirror and the Light.

Mantel won the Man Booker Prize for Fiction for her two most recent novels, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies.

The bleak humour of her early social satires, the deep originality of novels that explore compelling psychological dramas with a cutting-edge gothic sensibility, the wit of her essays and the all-consuming power of her Cromwell novels add up to a career like nobody else’s.

In The Mirror and the Light, she traces the final years of Thomas Cromwell, the boy from nowhere who climbs to the heights of power.

The book offers a defining portrait of predator and prey, of a ferocious contest between present and past, between royal will and a common man’s vision. It’s the story of a modern nation making itself through conflict, passion and courage.

Hear from the author herself as she reflects on the finale of one of the most compelling and celebrated trilogies of modern times.


Hilary Mantel

Mantel is the author of 11 novels including A Place Of Greater Safety and in 2009 she won multiple awards for Wolf Hall including the Man Booker Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction and the Walter Scott Prize.

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Royal Festival Hall

  • Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road
  • South Bank
  • London
  • SE1 8XX

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