The reviews are pouring in for the long-awaited conclusion to Hilary Mantel’s highly acclaimed Thomas Cromwell trilogy (released March 2020), and it’s a masterpiece. Writing for the Guardian, Alexandra Harris calls The Mirror and the Light “a novel of epic proportions, every bit as thrilling, propulsive, darkly comic and stupendously intelligent as its predecessors.” Opening in the aftermath of Anne Boleyn’s death, the book traces Cromwell’s final years in the court of Henry VIII—his inevitable fall from grace and subsequent execution.
The Mirror and the Light is one of the most hotly anticipated new books of the decade: Mantel’s legions of fans have waited eight years for this final instalment. Both previous titles—Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies—won the Booker Prize and, combined, have sold more than 1.5m copies. The books have also been adapted into an award-winning television series starring Mark Rylance and Damian Lewis.
Our History Editor has collected together the best books on Thomas Cromwell and also done a Thomas Cromwell books video.