The Mirror and the Light is the triumphant finale to Mantel's Booker prize winning Cromwell trilogy. Set in the court of Henry VIII in Tudor England, the story that began with Cromwell's rise to power in Wolf Hall and saw the fall of Anne Boleyn in Bring up the Bodies reaches it's inevitable conclusion here in The Mirror and the Light. Mantel's skill in weaving a rich historical tapestry is masterful, as the tide of events threatens to overwhelm our hero who sits alongside the king as the most powerful man in England. Mixing gripping dialogue with descriptions of the opulence of the king's court, you feel as though you are at the table with them as Cromwell plots the break up of the Monasteries or the King's doomed marriage to Anne of Cleves.
At 750 pages it's a book to savour and I didn't want it to end. One of the best books of the year.
The story of a failing High School Hockey Team from Danvers Massachussetts (next door to Salem) who pledge their souls to their dark lord Emilo Estevez in the hot summer of 1989.With big hair and fabulous outfits, we follow this team as they embark upon a winning streak that should take them all the way to the state finals but only if they're BAD enough. Each chapter focuses on a different game, making it easy to root for these plucky underdogs as they make their way through the senior year, from book reports and the school play to Halloween and the Prom. Covering issues of gender, race and class with a light touch, the author enscapulates what it was like to grow up in the 1980's. A great New Adult read that's available now.
Deacon King Kong is a wonderfully brash American novel. Set in the tenements of South Brooklyn in 1969, the plot starts when an aging church deacon, known as Sportcoat, shoots the housing project's drug dealer infront of a crowd of witnesses. As the ramifications ripple out from this shocking action, Sportcoat, his friends and neighbours are drawn into a much more deadly game. Written in a Dickensian style, the author James McBride sketches the inhabitants of the Five Ends Church and the community around them. From the Italian gangster in a boxcar by the docks to the mysterious cheese delivery, this heartfelt novel really immerses you in the swirl of life in 1960's New York. A great easy read.