Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel

Another good read from Hilary Mantel following on from Wolf Hall, but enough content so that it is not dependant on having read it. Again a good insight into the character of Cromwell, and nice not to lose that focus. Also seems to me less issues with the perspective in this book, but may just be used to it.


BBC Culture’s 100 greatest British novels

So while looking round the web this last week I came across BBC Culture’s 100 greatest British novels. So how many have you read? I count about 8 entries, which are:

  • The Chronicles of Narnia (CS Lewis)
  • His Dark Materials (Philip Pullman)
  • Animal Farm (George Orwell)
  • The Lord of the Rings (JRR Tolkien)
  • The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling (Henry Fielding)
  • Emma (Jane Austen)
  • Nineteen Eighty-Four (George Orwell)
  • Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)

However this comes out at 18 books as published, not sure if they should not have broken up the series into the individual books. But it gives a chance to see how one is doing.

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

In Wolf Hall we have from Hilary Mantel the life of Thomas Cromwell, as given in the main in recollection and first person accounts. A book full of intrigue and what seem to be a set of decent character portraits, if all from one point of view . The one confusing bit at times was the move between 1st 2nd and 3rd person but still in part a narrative as if from the first person.