Bringing Up the BodiesĀ is part two of Hilary Mantel’s study of the life of Sir Thomas Cromwell, a key political and financial advisor to Henry VIII. Part I, Wolf Hall, won the Booker prize for literature and this one actually did too. If you are looking for a well-written and insightful look into the life of the great king and his wives – and of a commoner who rose to amazing heights then this is your writer. Both books are in the secondary Historical Fiction section.