Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel. Recipient of the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction. Bring Up the Bodies, Book Two of the Thomas Cromwell Trilogy, was also awarded the Man Booker Prize and the Costa Book Award.
All human life is there, babies, domesticity, meetings with strangers, desire and, of course, death. Nothing is sacred in this book. Everything can be talked about with a dash of wry humour, the odd belly laugh and the occasional tear in the eye.