Casey’s Staff Pick: WOLF HALL
Last month, just before the library closed, the new Hilary Mantel novel The Mirror & the Light was published. This book is the third and final in her trilogy about Thomas Cromwell, one of Henry VIII’s closest and most influential advisers until he fell out of favor with the king. If you’re looking for a long historical saga to get lost in right now, these books would be a great choice. While they’re not easy reads, they are beautifully written, engaging, and feature historical figures that don’t seem that different from modern day leaders and politicians.
The trilogy order is: Wolf Hall, Bring Up the Bodies, and The Mirror & the Light. All three books have received critical acclaim, and the first two books were awarded the Man Booker Prize, a prestigious British literary award.
Once you’ve breezed through all 1700 pages of the trilogy, check out the BBC/PBS television series Wolf Hall, based on the first two books. This award-winning series stars Oscar winner Mark Rylance, Damian Lewis (of Homeland), and Claire Foy (from The Crown).
Wolf Hall, Bring Up the Bodies, and The Mirror & the Light are available to borrow or request as ebooks or digital audiobooks on Overdrive/Libby. The television series Wolf Hall is available to borrow instantly on Hoopla.