BRING UP THE BODIES, Hilary Mantel's rich historical follow up to her previous Man Booker Prize-winning novel, WOLF HALL, has landed her on the shortlist once again!
Though he battled for seven years to marry her, Henry is disenchanted with Anne Boleyn. She has failed to give him a son and her sharp intelligence and audacious will alienate his old friends and the noble families of England. When the discarded Katherine dies in exile from the court, Anne stands starkly exposed, the focus of gossip and malice.
At a word from Henry, Thomas Cromwell is ready to bring her down. Over three terrifying weeks, Anne is ensnared in a web of conspiracy, while the demure Jane Seymour stands waiting her turn for the poisoned wedding ring.
We actually have two titles on the shortlist; Bloomsbury USA will be publishing SWIMMING HOME by Deborah Levy in the U.S. in October!
As he arrives with his family at the villa in the hills above Nice, Joe sees a body in the swimming pool. But the girl is very much alive. She is Kitty Finch: a self-proclaimed botanist with green-painted fingernails, walking naked out of the water and into the heart of their holiday. Why is she there? What does she want from them all? And why does Joe's enigmatic wife allow her to remain?
See the full 2012 Man Booker Prize shortlist here!
MediaBistro put together a "playlist" of excerpts from the longlist here and you can download library posters of the UK versions of the books here!