Hilary Mantel fans will have to wait a little longer for her final Cromwell novel
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Hilary Mantel says it is ‘increasingly unlikely’ that the last novel in her Thomas Cromwell trilogy will be published by next June.
In her latest Reith lecture for BBC Radio 4 and the BBC World Service, titled ‘Can These Bones Live?’, Mantel discussed historical fiction, described how she creates such vivid characters, and warned against intellectual snobbery.
During the question-and-answer session, the two-time Man Booker Prize winner said she hopes to finish writing the third Cromwell book, The Mirror and the Light, next year:
“To be honest, it simply depends when it comes in … you know publishing goes in seasons. If I can get it out early in the new year, it might very well come out in later summer but I have to say that this is looking increasingly unlikely,” she said.
Fans will have to resort to re-reading Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies instead.