literature & poetry

Hilary Mantel: The Mirror and the Light

In an exclusive event, Hilary Mantel reveals the eagerly awaited third novel in her thrilling Thomas Cromwell trilogy, The Mirror and the Light.

Mantel won the Man Booker Prize for Fiction for her two most recent novels, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies.

The bleak humour of her early social satires, the deep originality of novels that explore compelling psychological dramas with a cutting-edge gothic sensibility, the wit of her essays and the all-consuming power of her Cromwell novels add up to a career like nobody else’s.

In The Mirror and the Light, she traces the final years of Thomas Cromwell, the boy from nowhere who climbs to the heights of power.

The book offers a defining portrait of predator and prey, of a ferocious contest between present and past, between royal will and a common man’s vision. It’s the story of a modern nation making itself through conflict, passion and courage.

Hear from the author herself as she reflects on the finale of one of the most compelling and celebrated trilogies of modern times.

Hilary Mantel is the first British author to have won two Booker Prizes and the only writer to have won with two consecutive novels.

Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies have inspired adaptations for stage and screen, including a BBC series starring Mark Rylance, Damien Lewis and Claire Foy.

With The Mirror and the Light, Hilary Mantel brings to a triumphant close the trilogy she began with Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies.

Dates & times

6 Mar 2020
Approximate run time: 90 mins
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    • Fri 6 March 2020


Royal Festival Hall


£28 - £56
Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)
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Age recommendation
For ages 16+

Each ticket includes a copy of Hilary Mantel’s new book, The Mirror and the Light (RRP £25), to be collected at the event.

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