If you follow Reading Matters on Facebook, you will know I "accidentally" started reading Hilary Mantel's Booker Prize-winning Wolf Hall on Tuesday. I say "accidentally" because I had no real intention of reading it, but I had cycled to work and forgotten to bring a book with me for my lunch-time read.
Thank goodness for my iPhone. I have the Kindle app, which lets me access my Kindle library, so I'll never be caught out without a book ever again. Two minutes later I downloaded Wolf Hall, which I bought two years ago, and began reading it over my Chinese rice.
But three days later I'm afraid it's not going well. I've reached page 143, but I'm not really enjoying it. I don't have a very good grasp of English history, so I'm finding all the characters confusing (there are far too many characters named Thomas, for a start) and perhaps it doesn't help that I've had an intense week subbing copy so don't have much bandwidth for concentrating on complicated storylines.
This evening I turned to the people of Twitter, but I'm not sure it's helped...
What say you? Have you read "Wolf Hall"? Is it worth persevering?