From the list on history in all its strange and unsettling glory.
Who am I?
Long before I fell in love with History as an academic subject, I fell in love with stories. And as the granddaughter of Caribbean immigrants, true stories of my grandparents’ early lives could transport me to another place as vividly as fiction. So although I have studied History to Master’s level, where I specialized in the legacy of slavery, it is always to fiction that I turn to breathe life into the past. My favourite books are those that are unsettling in the unfamiliarity of the world they create, and yet deeply moving because, at heart, the characters are motivated by timeless and human things like grief, ambition, or love.
Eleanor's book list on history in all its strange and unsettling glory
Discover why each book is one of Eleanor's favorite books.
Why did Eleanor love this book?
Hilary Mantel’s trilogy following the life of Thomas Cromwell is absolutely peerless as far as historical fiction goes.
One of my favourite challenges of the genre is how to take a time and place that is completely unfamiliar, where characters are motivated by ideas and concepts that modern readers find strange, and yet still find that kernel of universal feeling that allows a reader to anchor themselves in the text.
This novel in particular does that perfectly, showing the desperate ambition and cunning of both Cromwell and Anne Boleyn.
The result is completely captivating – and means that the story unfolds as if its final destination is not fixed, even though we all know what must happen in the end.
Bring Up the Bodies
Why should I read it?
4 authors picked Bring Up the Bodies as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.
What is this book about?
Winner of the Man Booker Prize
The second book in Hilary Mantel's award-winning Wolf Hall trilogy, with a stunning new cover design to celebrate the publication of the much anticipated The Mirror and the Light
An astounding literary accomplishment, Bring Up the Bodies is the story of this most terrifying moment of history, by one of our greatest living novelists.
'Our most brilliant English writer' Guardian
Bring Up the Bodies unlocks the darkly glittering court of Henry VIII, where Thomas Cromwell is now chief minister. With Henry captivated by plain Jane Seymour and rumours of Anne Boleyn's faithlessness whispered by…