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Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
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Feb 08, 12

bookshelves: anger, fiction, historical-fiction, hissy-fits, imagination, mayhem, politics
Read in February, 2012

This book taught me the expression "She's an easy armful." I also learned about Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, soulcakes (, Skeffingon's daughter (, and Lady Day (the actual holiday, not Billie Holiday:

Imaginative, richly detailed without being show-offy, funny, bleak, thought-provoking, compelling. This book won the author the Man Booker Prize and 50,000 pounds sterling.

Oh, and I learned how to insult a future queen, in the (imagined) words of the Duke of Norfolk: "Mary? That talking shrimp? Fourteen years old, and her face is as big as my thumbnail!"

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