As part of our Best Books of 2012 coverage, our editors weigh in on some of their personal favorites from the list.

Hilary Mantel is a genius, full stop. Sequels often disappoint, but Bring Up the Bodies, which follows charismatic Thomas Cromwell through the waning years of Henry VIII’s ill-fated marriage to Anne Boleyn, is as spellbinding as its groundbreaking predecessor, Wolf Hall. In a remarkable act of literary ventriloquism, Mantel has created a singular hero: a man wholly of his time who is nonetheless relatable in ours.

Read our review.

BookPage's author page for Hilary Mantel.

The New Yorker profile of Mantel.

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