Kerri's book Pick of the Week is "Bring Up the Bodies" by Hilary Mantel. We'll be airing an interview with her Wednesday, June 20 on The Daily Circuit.
Her latest novel is a sequel to "Wolf Hall," a historical novel about Henry VIII. She won the Man Booker Prize for that novel in 2009.
Reassuringly, "Bring Up the Bodies" takes up exactly where "Wolf Hall" leaves off: its great magic is in making the worn-out story of Henry and his many wives seem fascinating and suspenseful again...
"Bring Up the Bodies" (the title refers to the four men executed for supposedly sleeping with Anne) isn't nostalgic, exactly, but it's astringent and purifying, stripping away the cobwebs and varnish of history, the antique formulations and brocaded sentimentality of costume-¬drama novels, so that the English past comes to seem like something vivid, strange and brand new.