From her list of the ten worst jobs in books, as shared in Publishers Weekly:
Queen, Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies, Hilary MantelRead about another entry on the list.
Queen is a dangerous thing to be. In these two marvelous, justly plauded novels, Hilary Mantel chronicles the fate of the first two brides of Henry VIII—first the fall from grace of Catherine of Aragon, who was merely banished from court and exiled to a distant castle, and then the gruesome death of Anne Boleyn who, we all know, lost her head after being convicted of high treason (her charges included incest, adultery, and witchcraft).
Wolf Hall made Kathryn Williams's reading list on pride, the Barnes & Noble Review's list of books on baby-watching in Great Britain, Julie Buntin's top ten list of literary kids with deadbeat and/or absent dads, Hermione Norris's 6 best books list, John Mullan's list of ten of the best cardinals in literature, the Barnes & Noble Review's list of five books on dangerous minds and Lev Grossman's list of the top ten fiction books of 2009, and is one of Geraldine Brooks's favorite works of historical fiction; Matt Beynon Rees called it "[s]imply the best historical novel for many, many years."
The Page 69 Test: Rachel Cantor's A Highly Unlikely Scenario.