In 2009, Hilary Mantel’s historic novel Wolf Hall took over the literary world and cemented Mantel as a household name in literature. The second installment, Bring up the Bodies, was equally well received when it was published in 2013, and now the third and final installment in the Thomas Cromwell trilogy, The Mirror and the Light, is only a few days away. To celebrate, the BBC will be airing a documentary about Mantel and her writing this week.
The documentary, set to air on 7th March on BBC 2 at 9pm, follows the author for six months in the run up to the release of The Mirror and the Light, and promises “exclusive and extensive access to one of the world’s greatest living writers”. The 60 minute programme will weave Mantel’s own life with themes from her trilogy, as well as look at “how the world of Thomas Cromwell reverberates in our world today”, said the BBC.
“This is an artist’s biography in the characteristic style and voice of one of the most singular and brilliant minds of our age,” said the BBC. “We see Hilary Mantel—a writer at the peak of her powers—in both her real and imaginative worlds, led by the curiosity that has driven her from the beginning.”
The Mirror and the Light is set to be published on 5th March and is already receiving extremely positive reviews, and is easily one of the biggest literary events of 2020.