win prizes debuts of the month

The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher by Hilary Mantel
  

Lovereading view...

A brilliant - and rather transgressive - collection of short stories from the double Man Booker Prize-winning author of 'Wolf Hall' and 'Bring Up the Bodies'.

If you like Hilary Mantel you might also like to read books by Rachel Cusk, A M Homes and Julie Myerson.


The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. Hilary Mantel has written so many successful award-winning novels, but she has rarely turned her hand to short-story writing. However, as this entertaining collection shows she is an exceptional author, whatever the genre. The title story sees an IRA marksman taking over a woman’s flat to get a good shot at Prime Minister Thatcher, while the other stories range from the mundane to the magical. They are all beautifully observed and full of convincing characterisation, whether describing a Greek holiday going wrong, a visit to Harley Street, or how to deal with an irritating intruder in Saudi Arabia.
~ Anthony Lafferty

Synopsis

The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher by Hilary Mantel

A brilliant - and rather transgressive - collection of short stories from the double Man Booker Prize-winning author of 'Wolf Hall' and 'Bring Up the Bodies'. Hilary Mantel is one of Britain's most accomplished and acclaimed writers. In these ten bracingly subversive tales, all her gifts of characterisation and observation are fully engaged, summoning forth the horrors so often concealed behind everyday facades. Childhood cruelty is played out behind the bushes in 'Comma'; nurses clash in 'Harley Street' over something more than professional differences; and in the title story, staying in for the plumber turns into an ambiguous and potentially deadly waiting game. Whether set in a claustrophobic Saudi Arabian flat or on a precarious mountain road in Greece, these stories share an insight into the darkest recesses of the spirit. Displaying all of Mantel's unmistakable style and wit, they reveal a great writer at the peak of her powers.

Reviews

From the reviews of Wolf Hall:

'A stunning book ... I can't think of anything since Middlemarch which so convincingly builds a world.'
Diana Athill

'A magnificent achievement'
Sarah Dunant From the reviews of Bring Up the Bodies:

'She has recast the most essential period of our modern English history ... the greatest modern English prose writer'
Sir Peter Stothard, Chair of the judges for the Man Booker Prize 2012

'Simply exceptional ... I envy anyone who hasn't yet read it'
Sandra Parsons, Daily Mail

'In another league. This ongoing story of Henry VIII's right-hand man is the finest piece of historical fiction I have ever read. A staggering achievement'
Sarah Crompton, Sunday Telegraph

'Succeeds brilliantly in every particle ... it's an imaginative achievement to exhaust superlatives'
Spectator

About the Author

Hilary Mantel

Hilary Mantel is the first woman and the first British author to win the Man Booker prize twice and the first author ever to win the Man Booker Prize and Costa Book Award in the same year. At 60, she is only the third double winner alongside J.M. Coetzee and Peter Carey. She is also the first person to win the prize for two novels in a trilogy, following her success in 2009 with Wolf Hall.

Hilary Mantel was born in northern Derbyshire in 1952. She was educated at a convent school in Cheshire and went on to the LSE and Sheffield University, where she studied law. After university she was briefly a social worker in a geriatric hospital, and much later used her experiences in her novels Every Day is Mother's Day and Vacant Possession. In 1977 she went to live in Botswana with her husband, then a geologist. In 1982 they moved on to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, where she would set her third novel, Eight Months on Ghazzah Street.

Her first novel was published in 1985, and she returned to the UK the following year. In 1987 she was awarded the Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize for travel writing, and became the film critic of the Spectator. Her fourth novel, Fludd, was awarded the Cheltenham Festival Prize, the Southern Arts Literature Prize, and the Winifred Holtby Prize. Her fifth novel, A Place of Greater Safety, won the Sunday Express Book of the Year Award.

A Change of Climate, published in 1993, is the story of an East Anglian family, former missionaries, torn apart by conflicts generated in Southern Africa in the early years of Apartheid. An Experiment in Love published in 1995, is a story about childhood and university life, set in London in 1970. It was awarded the Hawthornden Prize.

Photograph © Jane Bown

More books by this author
Author 'Like for Like' recommendations

Loading similar books...
Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

22nd September 2014

Author

Hilary Mantel

More books by Hilary Mantel
Author 'Like for Like'
    recommendations

Author's Facebook Latest

Loading facebook updates...
Loading twitter updates...

Publisher

Fourth Estate Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Format

Hardback
256 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
Short Story Collections
eBook Favourites

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
Short stories

ISBN

9780007580972

Lovereading is not only an amazing site, but it's one of my very favourites. It's like visiting a fascinating bookstore, but better.

Rebecca Jayne Barrett

I love the 'like for like' author recommendations, it's like an old friend whispering in your ear.

Emma Caddick

Love Reading - it not only does what it says on the tin, it does it with Jam on!!

Maz Tucker

I read new, exciting writers and established authors before publication and there is a great website full of brilliant books and opinions.

Lynda

Lovereading takes the guesswork out of finding your next read with "if you like you'll love" and extracts to help with your decision.

Sarah Bruch

It is a website dedicated to those who adore reading It really is a one stop shop for book lovers. Love it!

Edel Waugh

It's information about new books so, for a book lover like me, what's not to like!

Joan Hill

Their sending me my first book to review 18 months ago re-awakened my fondness for reading, since then I have purchased some real gems.

Barry Griffiths

Lovereading4kids

Lovereading4schools