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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.
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.
From the reviews of Wolf Hall:
'A stunning book ... I can't think of anything since Middlemarch which so convincingly builds a world.'
'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'
Publication date: 21/05/2015
Publisher: Fourth Estate Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 25/09/2014
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
|Publication date:||25th September 2014|
|Publisher:||HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction, Shorter Reads,|
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 ...More About Hilary Mantel