Here’s a Monday morning treat to brighten up your week. I suspect that most of you know of Hilary Mantel, possibly through Henry VIII and Rose Hall, I’m currently reading everything she’s written and I came across this, I thought you’d all appreciate it. Given the current situation it does cause one to think.


  1. I had no idea it had been broadcast, it was made available here recently.
    The article is 2 years old, problems of living in the colonies.

  2. You mean Wolf Hall, gf, don’t you?. I’m excitedly awaiting the third instalment! (Even though I know what’s going to happen…)

  3. The Margaret Thatcher story was published online by The Guardian back in 2014 and provoked a lot of faux outrage, spittle-flecked denunciations and hot air from the usual suspects.

    By the way, Ms Mantel’s first Thomas Cromwell book is called Wolf Hall. I am, like many people eagerly awaiting the final book of the trilogy. I am wondering if it might arrive before or after the next installment of George R.R. Martin’s A Song Of Ice And Fire series.

    I am a big fan of Hilary Mantel’s writing. She is a great novelist who manages to cross the boundary between literary and popular novels.

  4. Of course I mean’t Wolf Hall, must be getting senile. Also looking forward to the last in the trilogy. I don’t know how I missed the Guardian story. If you haven’t read Eight Months on Ghazzah Street and want a first hand account of the joys of Saudi Arabia, check it, very revealing. I once almost made the mistake of taking a job there, what a disaster that would have been.

  5. Mantel is a total genius. I loved Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies. The BBC adaptation was not bad either. I’ve not listened to this yet, but will at some point this week. Thanks for sticking it up here.

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