First the bad news. Hilary Mantel’s publishers HarperCollins have all but confirmed what many feared; that The Mirror and the Light, Mantel’s much anticipated conclusion to her Booker Prize winning Thomas Cromwell Trilogy is unlikely to appear in 2016. To be fair, what they said was that the book was “tentatively expected” but that there was no set publication date. So there is a chink of hope. The good news is the London Review of Books has published Present Tense, a new short story by Mantel, in its January edition.