In May 2012, 4th Estate will publish Bring up the Bodies, Hilary Mantel’s follow-up to her 2009 Man Booker Prize winner and international bestseller Wolf Hall. The novel was acquired from Bill Hamilton at A.M. Heath.
Nicholas Pearson, Publishing Director at 4th Estate comments: ‘We are thrilled to be able to announce that Hilary Mantel has delivered a new novel. In Bring up the Bodies, she has turned her attention to the downfall of Anne Boleyn, a story at the heart of Tudor history, and in Mantel’s hands, every bit as illuminating, terrifying and utterly compelling as one might expect. Like its predecessor, Wolf Hall, it is hard to think of anything in contemporary fiction quite like it, and it will certainly delight her many fans all over the world.’
Mantel is the author of eleven novels including A Change of Climate, A Place of Greater Safety, Beyond Black, and Eight Months on Ghazzah Street. Wolf Hall, published in May 2009, tells the story of Cromwell’s rise in the court of Henry VIII as he accrues political capital with the king. Reviewers universally praised Mantel’s writing, her in-depth research and attention to historical detail.
In 2009 Mantel won multiple awards for Wolf Hall including the Man Booker Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction and the Walter Scott Prize; she was also short-listed for the 2010 Orange Prize.
To get the most up-to-date information about Hilary Mantel and for a chance to win exclusive, advance copies of ‘Bring Up The Bodies’ – months before anyone else – ‘like’ Hilary on Facebook, where we will be announcing details of her new book.
Advance copies will be made available soon for carefully selected people in the trade and media. We will also give a finite number of copies to Hilary’s fans – these will only be available in very short windows and will only be announced on Hilary’s facebook page, so be sure to sign up!
Further details of the book will be sent out via Facebook and press release at 3pm tomorrow.