Patricia Highsmith
Paperback Writers: Vintage early Mantel
Paperback Writers: Vintage early Mantel

It may seem, thanks to her ManBooker Prize winning novel 'Wolf Hall' (just out in paperback, Picador: 608 pp., $16), that the novelist Hilary Mantel needs no more attention; but in fact the large body of her work — and she's been publishing for more than 25 years — remains largely unknown, and unread, in this country. "Wolf Hall" inhabits the life of Thomas Cromwell, the man who wrote and rammed through the laws that created the English Reformation, enabling Henry VIII to ditch his first wife and marry Anne Boleyn. It's a story we think we know, thanks to scores of movies and TV shows, but in "Wolf Hall" Mantel makes it new, marrying our...