03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

BOOKER PRIZE WINNER: Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall

Set in England in the 1520s, Henry VIII is on the throne, but has no heir. Cardinal Wolsey is his chief advisor, charged with securing the divorce the pope refuses to grant. Into this atmosphere of distrust and need comes Thomas Cromwell, first as Wolsey's clerk, and later his successor.

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