Hilary Mantel: The Mirror and the Light

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

Royal Festival Hall, London

Friday 6th March, 2020 @ 7:30 pm

  • In Conversation


About the Event

Hilary 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.

Venue Information

Royal Festival Hall
Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road
United Kingdom

About the Book

The Mirror and the Light
The Mirror and the Light

Hilary Mantel

Publisher:HarperCollins Publishers

Publication date:5 Mar 2020


4.47 out of 5
22 reviews
"The Mirror & The Light lays down a marker for historical fiction that will set the standard for generations to come."
"Quite possibly the literary event of 2020"
The Bookseller
"...it might well be the best of the trilogy simply because there is more of it, a treasure on every page."
The Times
"has all the dark witty glitter of the earlier volumes in the trilogy"
London Review of Books
"...after “Bring Up the Bodies,” the enterprise, like Henry, has put on weight and self-importance"
The New York Times
"more a phenomenon of amassed information and tireless enthusiasm than triumphant creativity"
The Sunday Times
"The imagery is by turns fantastically airborne and materially concrete"
Financial Times
"Someone give the Booker Prize judges the rest of the year off"
The Observer
"The novelist’s duty is to the construction of a world that does not leak, and the world of Wolf Hall is as sealed as an egg"
The Daily Telegraph
"superb, right to the last crimson drop"
The Independent

Preorder the long-awaited sequel to Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, the stunning conclusion to Hilary Mantel's Man Booker Prize-winning Wolf Hall trilogy.