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Hilary Mantel: 'History is a process, not a locked box'

As her novel Wolf Hall is named the best of the century so far, the author looks back on the ‘long walk’ she has taken with Thomas Cromwell

The 100 best books of the 21st century

For years, Hilary Mantel was one of literature’s best-kept secrets, unknown to all but a devoted yet limited following. Then along came Wolf Hall. “Maybe this book will win one of the prizes that have been withheld so far,” ventured its Guardian reviewer when it was published in 2009, in what was to prove one of the understatements of the millennium. It won both the Man Booker prize and the US’s National Book Critics Circle award, selling more than 1m copies on each side of the Atlantic, and going on to colonise theatre and TV.

The second volume in the trilogy, 2011’s Bring Up the Bodies, kept the bandwagon rolling so fast and furiously that, eight years later, breathless excitement greeted the appearance of a mysterious billboard in Leicester Square in May, the first hint that the third volume was imminent. (The Mirror and the Light is out in 2020.) Mantel is phlegmatic, saying: “Some readers congratulate me on beginning a career in my 50s. I’m glad, of course, if I can offer anyone midlife encouragement. But I began writing at 22, wrote for 12 years before I published anything, and broke through in my mid-30s. I’ve had plenty of time to brace myself for success.”

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Dick Johnson Is Dead John Wakayama Carey/Courtesy of Sundance Institute Dick Johnson appears in Dick Johnson is Dead by Kirsten Johnson, an official selection of the U.S. Documentary Competition at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. In Dick Johnson Is Dead, documentarian Kirsten Johnson (Cameraperson) zooms in on her aging father and her relationship withhim as they both begin to come to terms with his inevitable eventualpassing. The result is as playful as it is painful; in some sequences, Johnson stages her father’s arrival in heaven. In others, we’re not sure if we’re looking at something that really happened or something that’s imagined. Some scenes are shot in cinéma véritéstyle, as Dick plays with his grandchildren, packs up his office after retiring, and talks about his late wife, Kirsten’s mother, who had Alzheimer’s and died several years ago. It’s an exercise in imagination and an inquiry into whether imagining the death of a loved one and their hopes for the hereafter might magnify or blunt the blow of death when it finally comes. Dick Johnson Is Dead will premiere on Netflix later this year. Love Fraud Alex Takats/Courtesy of Sundance Institute A still from Love Fraud by Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing, an official selection of the Special Events program at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Love Fraud is absolutely unbelievable, except that it’s true. Filmmakers Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady (Jesus Camp, One of Us) explore the stories of a shockingly high number of women who were all aggressively courted — and in many cases, married — by a con man with multiple aliases whom, over the course of the four-part documentary series, they start to track down. Love Fraud is like The Jinx but better; it dives deeply into the ways we are blinded to the truth, even about ourselves — and its finale is truly, chillingly unforgettable. Love Fraud premieres on May 8 on Showtime. The Mole Agent Alvaro Reyes/Courtesy of Sundance Institute A still from The Mole Agent by Maite Alberdi, an official selection of the World Cinema Documentary Competition at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. You could call The Mole Agent a spy movie, but it’s an unusual one — and unusually poignant, too. Documentarian Maite Alberdi lets us in on a bit of subterfuge as Sergio, an elderly Chilean man, is “cast” as a new nursing home resident by Detective Romulo, who’s been hired to investigate the facility. Sergio’s job is to infiltrate the home on behalf of Romulo’s client and look into whether the client’s mother is being abused; meanwhile, the documentarians both follow Sergio and observe the home’s residents, who don’t know the whole truth about why Sergio is there. What Sergio discovers is much bigger than one patient’s story and more insightful about love, loneliness, and growing old. The Mole Agent is currently awaiting distribution. The Nowhere Inn Minka Farthing Kohl/ Courtesy of Sundance Institute Annie Clark and Carrie Brownstein in The Nowhere Inn. The Nowhere Inn is a semi-fictionalized story about the hazards and constantly see-sawing power balance inherent in making a documentary. And it’s a ton of mind-bending fun. Carrie Brownstein (of Sleater-Kinney and Portlandia) and Annie Clark (a.k.a. St. Vincent) wrote the screenplay; each woman plays a version of herself — and, in Clark’s case, several versions. In the film (as, presumably, in real life), Clark’s stage alter ego is a sharp-edged, take-no-prisoners performance artist, while off-stage she’s mild-mannered and pretty boring. She asks Brownstein to make a documentary about her, and for a while, Brownstein coaxes Clark to be “more” St. Vincent to make the movie more interesting. But when St. Vincent finally takes over Clark, things start to go haywire. In The Nowhere Inn, it’s impossible to tell where reality ends and performance begins — or if all of life, in the end, really is performance. The Nowhere Inn is currently awaiting distribution. On the Record Omar Mullick/Courtesy of Sundance Institute Drew Dixon in On the Record by Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering, an official selection of the Documentary Premieres program at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. On the Record has been through a strange and somewhat baffling last few weeks. Not long before its Sundance debut, Oprah rescinded her support for the film (on which she was serving as executive producer) while reiterating her support for the women who appear in it and allege that “godfather of hip hop” and Def Jam founder Russell Simmons sexually assaulted or raped them. Many of the allegations previously appeared in a 2017 New York Times article, and the reasons for Oprah’s withdrawal are still a little confusing. But On the Record is absolutely damning nonetheless, and is at its best when exploring the reasons that women, and particularly black women in America, often hesitate to accuse a powerful black man of a crime like sexual assault. On the Record is currently awaiting distribution. The Painter and the Thief Barbora Kysilkova/Courtesy of Sundance Institute A still from The Painter and the Thief by Benjamin Ree, an official selection of the World Cinema Documentary Competition at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. A stunner of a film, The Painter and the Thief is about a young Czech painter, Barbora Kysilkova, and Karl-Bertil Nordland, the thief who stole two of her paintings from an Oslo gallery. He was so high that he can’t remember why he did it — or what he did with the paintings. Barbora’s less interested in the thief than in where the paintings went, but eventually she meets him and decides to paint his portrait, after which they form a friendship and creative partnership of sorts. The Painter and the Thief actively challenges what we think we understand about its characters based on their appearance, class markers, or behavior. It highlights the way artists of all kinds, from painters to filmmakers, turn reality into something that’s at least a little fictionalized in order to make their work — and how everyone conceals the truth a little. The Painter and the Thief is currently awaiting distribution. Time Courtesy of Sundance Institute A still from Time by Ursula Garrett Bradley, an official selection of the U.S. Documentary Competition at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Heartbreaking and passionate, Time is the chronicle of a love deferred and the life that hope can provide. Garrett Bradley’s documentary follows Fox Rich, who has spent 21 years doggedly petitioning for the release of her husband Rob, from prison, where he’s been sentenced to spend 60 years following a youthful crime in which they were both involved. Meanwhile, she’s been raising their six children and becoming a powerful advocate for change in her community. And all along, Fox has made videos at home, which feel like a diary of her pain and endurance. Time details her struggle, demonstrating how mass incarceration persistently separates black families in America, as well as how bureaucracy and centuries of narratives conceal the truth and pain of those separations. Time is currently awaiting distribution. Welcome to Chechnya Courtesy of Sundance Institute A still from Welcome to Chechnya by David France, an official selection of the U.S. Documentary Competition at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. People who identify as LGBTQ experience opposition and difficulty all over the world. But in the Russian republic of Chechnya — the Putin-backed regime led by strongman Ramzan Kadyrov — the state is abducting and killing them with impunity. Welcome to Chechnya carefully follows a number of Chechens fleeing for their lives and others who try to shelter them and provide passage to countries where they might be safe. Directed by investigative journalist and award-winning documentarian David France, the film digitally obscures the faces of people who are on the run for their lives — a technique to obscure the “truth” that becomes all the more powerful when it suddenly becomes part of the story. Welcome to Chechnya will be released by HBO in June. Zola Anna Kooris/Courtesy of Sundance Institute Riley Keough and Taylour Paige appear in Zola by Janicza Bravo, an official selection of the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. I am reasonably confident that Zola is the first movie based on a Twitter thread to premiere at Sundance (or possibly ever), and it is a humdinger. 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What we know about crash that killed NBA, Lakers legend Kobe Bryant
Tragedy struck the sports world Sunday with news of Kobe Bryant's death. What we know about the California helicopter crash that killed nine people.      
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Kobe Bryant on 60 Minutes in 2001
Kobe Bryant died Sunday at the age of 41. In 2001, 60 Minutes interviewed Bryant about his childhood love of basketball.
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Kobe Bryant discovered storytelling as a second act and won an Oscar
Basketball legend Kobe Bryant was in the midst of a burgeoning entertainment career when he was killed Sunday in a tragic helicopter crash.
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Pete Buttigieg Wants to Convert Iowa Trump Voters After Calling Them Racists
"In order to win in 2020, Democrats need to nominate a candidate that can build a broad coalition and win back some of those voters," a Buttigieg campaign memo read, noting that the former mayor had spent time in 23 of the 31 Iowa counties that saw support shift from Obama to Trump.
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Southwest Airlines removes sick passenger over coronavirus concerns
Passengers on a Southwest Airlines flight in Las Vegas wore masks as a traveler with flu-like symptoms was escorted off the plane.
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Metta World Peace shares one of his favorite Kobe memories
Metta World Peace, a former NBA teammate of Kobe Bryant, shares his favorite memory from their time playing with the Lakers.
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Watch Kobe Bryant Tributes, From 'Kobe' Chants to NBA Teams Running Out the '24' Second Shot Clock
At the beginning of the game between the Toronto Raptors at the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday, the teams agreed that whichever team received the opening tip, they would dribble out the 24-second shot clock. Bryant wore No. 24 for the Lakers.
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Clippers coach Doc Rivers says team is devastated by Kobe Bryant's death
An emotional Doc Rivers says he is devastated about Kobe Bryant's death, a player he sees on the same level as Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods.
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Buttigieg set to appear at Fox News town hall, with days to go until pivotal Iowa voting
Presidential contender Pete Buttigieg is set to take the stage at a Fox News Town Hall with Chris Wallace in Des Moines, Iowa, at 7:00 p.m. ET Sunday, with just days to go until the do-or-die, first-in-the-nation caucuses are held there on Feb. 3.
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Former President Barack Obama pays tribute to late 'legend' Kobe Bryant
After Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash at the age of 41, the former President Barack Obama posted a message in tribute to the "Black Mamba."       
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A Bernie Sanders sweep?
With just 8 days until the Iowa caucuses, welcome to 2020! Every Sunday, I outline the 5 BIG storylines you need to know to understand the upcoming week on the campaign trail. And they're ranked -- so the No. 1 story is the most important of the coming week.
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There’s One Major Reason Remote Work Can Go Spectacularly Wrong
It’s true whether you’re in the office or on your couch.
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Dedica Neymar gol a Kobe Bryant (Video)
Neymar y Bryant tuvieron la oportunidad de convivir en varias ocasiones
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