Hilary Mantel on Wolf Hall

A brief interview with Mantel is posted at the Man Booker Prize website.

When you started writing the novel did you already know at which point of his life you would end the book? Will you write a concluding novel about Cromwell’s life?

When I began, about 5 years ago, I imagined a novel encompassing the whole of Cromwell’s story. But a lot of the emotional energy of the book began to constellate around Cromwell’s relationship with Thomas More – which is not as simple as often supposed. I then felt that I should play out the Thomas More story for its full value, and chose to end the book on the evening of his execution. Wolf Hall stands on its own, as a complete story – it is the end of one vital chapter in Thomas Cromwell’s life, and perhaps when we meet him again he will be slightly different

Check out the entire interview here.

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