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The Mirror & the Light

(Thomas Cromwell Trilogy #3)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  68 ratings  ·  17 reviews
If you cannot speak truth at a beheading, when can you speak it?

England, May 1536. Anne Boleyn is dead, decapitated in the space of a heartbeat by a hired French executioner. As her remains are bundled into oblivion, Thomas Cromwell breakfasts with the victors. The blacksmith’s son from Putney emerges from the spring’s bloodbath to continue his climb to power and wealth,
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Hardcover, 752 pages
Expected publication: March 10th 2020 by Henry Holt & Company (first published March 2020)
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Nermin
Mar 03, 2013 marked it as to-read
Shelves: can-t-wait-books
I really don't understand how and why anyone would give an unpublished book 1 star (and 4,5 stars for that matter). Isn't it high time Goodreads did something about it?

Desirae
Nov 12, 2014 marked it as to-read
I need more "He, Cromwell..." in my life.

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Seriously, I cannot wait for this.

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T_creum
Feb 28, 2013 marked it as to-read
One reviewer knocked the book, claimed Mantel savages the royals just to sell books. The book is not published yet! And for goodness sake, read the speech! Mantel obviously feels sorry for Kate, and the "free press" gleefully and intentionally misrepresented her comments to sell newspapers Who is guilty here?
Leslie
Sep 26, 2013 marked it as to-read
There should never be a book review before it is actually published. I have enjoyed and appreciate Goodreads but very disappointed that they would allow comments on an unwritten book. Really? Apparently, some oversight is needed.
Susanna - Censored by GoodReads
It feels like we've been waiting for this one forever, but I think it's "only" five years or so.

I have never felt such kinship with G.R.R. Martin fans.
Annet
May 22, 2019 marked it as to-read
Finally it's announced!!! To be published on 5 March 2020, SO looking forward to it!
Book of Secrets°ღ
Aug 26, 2016 marked it as wish-list
She, Diana, needs this book to be released soon. ;-)
Minerva
Dec 09, 2015 marked it as to-read
"Farewell? A long farewell to all my greatness
This is the state of man: today he puts forth
The tender leaves of hopes: tomorrow blossoms,
And bears his blushing honours thick upon him
The third day comes a frost, a killing frost,
And when he thinks, good easy man, full surely
His greatness is a-ripening, nips his root,
And then he falls, as I do. I have ventured,
Like little wanton boys that swim on bladders,
This many summers in a sea of glory,
But far beyond my depth: my high-blown pride
At length
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Michelle Cristiani
May 10, 2017 marked it as to-read
Shelves: tudors
I'm already upset there won't be a book 4. Wish Cromwell had lived longer.
Mymymble
Jun 21, 2019 marked it as to-read
So I owe John Crace, The Guardian's political sketch writer, for letting me know the publication date is next March. See his Wednesday diary entry.
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2...
Apart from The Winds of Winter, I too can't think of a book I've anticipated more.
Although, of course, I know the ending.
Heather Cupit
This is weird. How can we review a book that Hilary Mantel hasn't published? Is it purely to try to gain an idea of how many people will be reading it? I do think this is very curious.
Patti
Apr 01, 2015 marked it as to-read
This book is not published as yet - but is due out very soon.
Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
Hilary, if you're lying about this release date, we can't be friends anymore.
Bettie
May 22, 2019 marked it as wish-list


This is as good a day as any to remind you of the fabulous illustration of Hilary Mantel in The New Yorker. https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/20...


BIG. NEWS. We can confirm that #TheMirrorandtheLight – the triumphant conclusion to Hilary Mantel’s Thomas Cromwell trilogy – will publish in March 2020. Find out more here: http://po.st/TheMirrorandtheLight

Kessiah
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book should be available in March of 2020! Finally!!!!
Olu da Silva
May 10, 2018 marked it as to-read
It will be really interesting to see if this book works: Although both of the other books are about Thomas Cromwell, the drama and story are provided by Anne Boleyn. Without her, I don't know if it will measure up. Will certainly give it a chance
Susan
May 29, 2019 marked it as to-read
Coming March 2020
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Hilary Mantel is the bestselling author of many novels including Wolf Hall, which won the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction. Bring Up the Bodies, Book Two of the Thomas Cromwell Trilogy, was also awarded the Man Booker Prize and the Costa Book Award. She is also the author of A Change of Climate, A Place of Greater Safety, Eight Months on Ghazzah Street, An ...more

Other books in the series

Thomas Cromwell Trilogy (3 books)
  • Wolf Hall (Thomas Cromwell #1)
  • Bring Up the Bodies (Thomas Cromwell, #2)