AUTHOR: Hilary Mantel
AWARDS: Booker Prize (2009), Orange Prize Nominee for Fiction Shortlist (2010), James Tait Black Memorial Prize Nominee for Fiction (2009), Costa Book Award Nominee for Novel (2009), Magnesia Litera Nominee for Translation (Litera za překladovou knihu) (2011)
Audie Award for Literary Fiction (2010), National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction (2009), Walter Scott Prize (2010), Golden Man Booker Prize Nominee (2018), The Rooster — The Morning News Tournament of Books (2010)
Thomas Cromwell, Book #1
by Hilary Mantel
England in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years and marry Anne Boleyn. The pope and most of Europe opposes him. Into this impasse steps Thomas Cromwell: a wholly original man, a charmer and a bully, both idealist and opportunist, astute in reading people, and implacable in his ambition. But Henry is volatile: one day tender, one day murderous. Cromwell helps him break the opposition, but what will be the price of his triumph?
A main character (Thomas Cromwell) is attracted to people of multiple genders.