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Hilary Mantel: The Prince of Decipherers

The opening of The Mirror & the Light, Hilary Mantel's third Thomas Cromwell novel, has just been published in The Guardian. You can also hear it read by Ben Miles. Well, this is beyond good news. And if the opening is any indication, this could be the best of the three. Mantel's writing retains all of its menace and humor. It will be published on March 5, which can't come soon enough. However long it is, it will be read in one sitting.

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