Wolf Hall Readalong

Over the last few months I have been enjoying casually chatting back and forth on Twitter with Natalie from Coffee And A Book Chick about Joyce Carol Oates, short stories and other literature we like, so when she mentioned that she was going to be reading Wolf Hall, I jumped at the chance to read it with her. And we’re feeling just a wee bit intimidated by it, so we’re hoping that some of you might want to join us in a readalong of Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel, the 2009 Man Booker Prize winner! It’s a beast of a read, so we thought we’d split it up into a 3-week schedule. Participants can do a progress post each week instead of answering a list of questions.
Book to Television News
The recent announcement from HBO and the BBC’s collaboration to create a four-part miniseries with UK indie Company Pictures should motivate you to pick this one up of your shelf!
How to Participate?
  1. Feel free to write an announcement post on your blog
  2. Feel free to post the above button on your blog
  3. The above isn’t required, but definitely don’t forget to enter your blog site with Mr. Linky below. (If you don’t have a blog, no worries. Add a comment instead to this post and feel free to read with us!)

Schedule (refers to the paperback)

  1. November 28: Reading commences on or before
  2. December 4: Progress post for Parts 1 & 2 (pages 3 to 148 = 146 pages to read)
  3. December 11: Progress post for Parts 3 & 4 (pages 149 to 388 = 240 pages to read)
  4. December 18: Final Progress post for Parts 5 & 6 (pages 389 to 604 = 216 pages to read)
  5. Audiobook fans, please join!
Description from Indiebound

In the ruthless arena of King Henry VIII’s court, only one man dares to gamble his life to win the king’s favor and ascend to the heights of political power.

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. The quest for the king’s freedom destroys his adviser, the brilliant Cardinal Wolsey, and leaves a power vacuum.

Into this impasse steps Thomas Cromwell. Cromwell is a wholly original man, a charmer and a bully, both idealist and opportunist, astute in reading people and a demon of energy: he is also a consummate politician, hardened by his personal losses, 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?

In inimitable style, Hilary Mantel presents a picture of a half-made society on the cusp of change, where individuals fight or embrace their fate with passion and courage. With a vast array of characters, overflowing with incident, the novel re-creates an era when the personal and political are separated by a hairbreadth, where success brings unlimited power but a single failure means death.


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  1. Beth F

    Oh I’m so upset that my reading and work commitments won’t let me join in. Grrr. I’ll be on my own in 2012.

  2. Just saw this over on Natalie’s site, and am so excited! I need to see if I can make the time for this! Thanks for hosting it!

  3. I won this about a year ago and have pulled it off the shelf to my bedside table about 6 months ago… with all good intentions to start it…. and

    have not.

    I am going to try to do this with you… will put a post up maybe tomorrow morning regarding this. πŸ™‚

  4. I don’t know just yet if I’m going to join. I have a ton of books to get to before the end of the year. Good luck on your read-a-thon.

  5. Woww. I might sign up in the last minute. Sounds fun. Man Booker Prize winning books always intimidate me. I couldn’t finish Enright’s The Gathering and have been meaning to read Wolf Hall and Midnight’s Children for agess.

  6. Amy

    I’m in! This has been on my TBR for too long, especially now that we know the next book comes out next year.

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