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Not as brilliant as Wolf Hall, which I found more interesting (I prefer the use of "he" without the addition of "Cromwell"), Bring Up The Bodies is still the very image of historical fiction perfection: interesting, engaging and realistic. We never have to stop because we encounter a glaring anachronism, we never close the book in indignation because we find bad history. And that is wonderful.

The reason why I don't think BUTB is as good as WH is Anne Boleyn. Or, actually, Anne Boleyn as Cromwell's counter-part. In WH, the Cromwell/More dynamic was electrifying and the final confrontation was brilliant. I read their encounters (especially in prison) with an open mouth and full of exhilaration. But AB, at least in this book, is not on Cromwell's level at all and she provides no delicious counter-point to our main character. She doesn't know what is going on until it happens, which makes for less addictive reading. I did love Jane Seymour, who is intriguing and complex.

I suppose Gardiner will be the counter-point I am looking for in The Mirror and the Light.
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Today, 156 years ago, Oscar Wilde was born in Dublin. There's nothing I can say about him that have not been said over and over again. I'll just add that The Picture of Dorian Gray is still my favourite book 12 years after reading it for the first time and one of those works that changed my life. 

I tip my hat in this genius' honour. 

PS: My England shimeji decided to get naked while I was writing this. Maybe Arthur's way to pay homage?

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