With the publication of the first book in what was to become a trilogy chronicling the life of , the lowborn man who became one of ’s closest advisers—in 2009, novelist became a global superstar. Three years later, its sequel, , cemented the deal. Now, Mantel wraps up the most critically acclaimed and widely-read historical fiction saga of the 21st century with , which begins with the death of and ends with the death of Cromwell himself. On the eve of the book’s publication, we asked Mantel about