Fourth Estate primed for Mantel mania as Wolf Hall trilogy draws to a close

Fourth Estate primed for Mantel mania as Wolf Hall trilogy draws to a close

After an eight-year wait, Hilary Mantel’s third Cromwell book finally hit bookshelves this week, hailed by critics as a triumphant finale to what Fourth Estate has called an “extraordinary journey” for both publisher and author.

Mantel’s long-time editor Nicholas Pearson (below right) admitted the moment had a touch of melancholy to it for him. The Mirror and the Light marks the culmination of a 15-year project that saw Wolf Hall, initially only meant to be a single book, spiral into a trilogy—with two Booker wins to date, and huge sales. He said: “To speak for myself, it’s been an incredi...

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