Hilary Mantel Q&A
The two-time Booker Prize winner sat down with us on being longlisted for The Mirror & the Light.
A.N. Wilson reveals the extraordinary relationship that formed in the years before World War II between English-born Winifred Wagner and Adolf Hitler.
An English girl, Winifred, is raised in an orphanage in East Grinstead. Aged only 18, she marries Siegfried Wagner, the son of Germany’s most controversial genius, and becomes a passionate Germanophile. Adolf Hitler is also an outsider, haunted by the impossibility of reconciling the pursuit of love and the pursuit of power. Both of them know the humiliations of poverty, and feel angry and excluded by society. Together, they form an unusual kinship that expresses itself through a love of opera.
About the AuthorA.N. (Andrew) Wilson is an extraordinarily prolific writer of non-fiction (some 29 books) as well as fiction (a further 24 books) and journalism, the trade for which he is perhaps best known.