It feels like we’ve been waiting for the final part of Hilary Mantel’s Tudor trilogy for almost as long as we’ve been waiting for George RR Martin to decide who’s going to sit on the Iron Throne (the book may differ from the TV series…)
But at long last, The Mirror & The Light finally has a release date.
The book will be published in the UK, US and Canada on 5th March 2020.
The Mirror & the Light is the final part of her Tudor trilogy, which began with Wolf Hall in 2009, followed by Bring Up the Bodies in 2012. So it’s been quite a wait for the sequel.
“With The Mirror & the Light, Hilary Mantel brings to a triumphant close the trilogy she began with Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies,” said Mantel’s publisher. “She traces the final years of Thomas Cromwell, the boy from nowhere who climbs to the heights of power, offering a defining portrait of predator and prey, of a ferocious contest between present and past, between royal will and a common man’s vision: of a modern nation making itself through conflict, passion and courage.”
Mantel said: “When I began work on my Thomas Cromwell books back in 2005, I had high hopes, but it took time to feel out the full scope of the material. I didn’t know at first I would write a trilogy, but gradually I realised the richness and fascination of this extraordinary life. Since then I have been on a long journey, with the good companionship of archivists, artists, booksellers, librarians, actors, producers, and—most importantly—millions of readers through the world.
“I hope they will stay with me as we walk the last miles of Cromwell’s life, ascending to unprecedented riches and honour and abruptly descending to the scaffold at Tower Hill. This book has been the greatest challenge of my writing life, and the most rewarding; I hope and trust my readers will find it has been worth the wait.”