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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.
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.
'An exhilarating, if dark, collection ... 'The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher' is a small triumph: a lesson in artfully controlled savagery' Sunday Times
'Remarkably good: taut, engaging and shocking ... acutely observed' Evening Standard
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:||21st May 2015|
|Publisher:||Fourth Estate Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Modern and Contemporary Fiction,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Short stories,|
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