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Giving up the ghost: a memoir
By Hilary Mantel. 2003
The novelist reclaims the story of her life and the ghosts that have come to haunt her. From childhood daydreams…to the reality of family secrets, her father's mysterious disappearance and an adulthood blighted by medical neglect, she uncovers the losses that wrenched her from the patterns of the past and drove her to forge her own remarkable path. 2003.
By Hilary Mantel. 1989
This novel explores the nature of love and compassion, faith and truth, in a combination of mystery and hilarity. Fludd…arrives in the village of Fetherhoughton proclaiming, "I have come to transform you, transformation is my business." However, in the dour North of England village, the fruits of his labour are to be hard won and frequently unusual. 1989.
Bring up the bodies
By Hilary Mantel. 2012
A place of greater safety
By Hilary Mantel. 2010
A novel which recounts the events between the fall of the Ancient Regime and the peak of the Terror, as…seen through the eyes of the French Revolution's three protagonists - Georges-Jacques Danton, Maximilien Robespierre and Camille Desmoulins, men whose mix of ambition, idealism, and ego helped unleash the darker side of the Revolution's ideals and brought them eventually to their own tragic ends. Includes sex and strong language. 2010.
A change of climate
By Hilary Mantel. 2003
Thirty years ago, when Ralph and Anna Eldred were missionaries in Africa, the worst that could happen did. Shattered by…their encounter with inexplicable evil, they returned to England, never to speak of it again. But when Ralph falls into an affair, Anna finds no forgiveness in her heart, and thirty years of repressed rage and grief explode, destroying not only a marriage but also their love, their faith, and everything they thought they were. Some descriptions of violence. 2003, c1994.
The assassination of Margaret Thatcher: and other stories
By Hilary Mantel. 2014
A collection of contemporary short stories that demonstrate what modern England has become. Ranges from a ghost story to a…vampire story to near-memoir to mini-sagas of family and social fracture. 2014.
By Hilary Mantel. 2009
England, the 1520s. Henry VIII is on the throne, but has no heir. Cardinal Wolsey is his chief advisor, charged…with securing the divorce the pope refuses to grant. Into this atmosphere of distrust and need comes Thomas Cromwell, first as Wolsey's clerk, and later his successor. Cromwell's reforming agenda is carried out in the grip of a self-interested parliament and a king who fluctuates between romantic passions and murderous rages. 2009 Man Booker Prize. 2009.
The assassination of Margaret Thatcher: stories
By Hilary Mantel. 2014
Collection of ten short stories by Man Booker Prize winner Mantel, author of Wolf Hall (DB 70074). In the title…story, a narrator describes accidentally allowing an assassin into her house during a 1983 visit to her London neighborhood by Margaret Thatcher. Strong language and some violence. 2014
Wolf Hall: a novel (Wolf Hall Trilogy Ser. #1)
By Hilary Mantel, Henry Holt and Co.. 2009
Thomas Cromwell, a closet Protestant and blacksmith's son who becomes advisor to Henry VIII of England, realizes that he can…accumulate power and wealth by assisting the king in obtaining an annulment and simultaneously help commoners and his country by destroying the corrupt Catholic clergy. Booker Prize. Bestseller. 2009
Learning to Talk: Stories
By Hilary Mantel. 2022
Learning to Talk is a dazzling collection of short stories from the two-time winner of the Man Booker Prize and…#1 New York Times bestselling author of the Wolf Hall Trilogy. With a new foreword by Hilary Mantel. In the wake of Hilary Mantel's brilliant conclusion to her award-winning Wolf Hall Trilogy, this collection of loosely autobiographical stories locates the transforming moments of a haunted childhood. Sharp and funny, these drawn-from-life stories begin in the 1950s in an insular northern village "scoured by bitter winds and rough gossip tongues." For the child narrator, the only way to survive is to get up, get on, get out. In "King Billy Is A Gentleman," the child must come to terms with the loss of a father and the puzzle of a fading Irish heritage. "Curved Is the Line of Beauty" is a story of friendship, faith, and a near-disaster in a scrap-yard. The title story sees our narrator ironing out her northern vowels with the help of an ex-actress with one lung and a Manchester accent. In "Third Floor Rising," she watches, amazed, as her mother carves out a stylish new identity. With a deceptively light touch, Mantel illuminates the poignant experiences of childhood that leave each of us forever changed. "A book of her short stories is like a little sweet treat...Mantel's narrators never tell everything they know, and that's why they're worth listening to, carefully." —USA Today "Her short stories always recognize other potential realities...Even the most straightforward of Mantel's tales retain a faintly otherworldly air." —The Washington Post. A Macmillan Audio production from Henry Holt and Company.
By Hilary Mantel, Henry Holt and Co.. 2005
For five years divorcée Colette has lent her business skills to professional psychic Alison, a clairvoyant beleaguered by spirits of…the deceased. The women attempt to reinvent themselves in the English countryside, where they face material and metaphysical obstacles including nosy neighbors and ghostly adversaries. Strong language. 2005
The Fox in the Attic
By Hilary Mantel, Richard Hughes. 1961
A tale of enormous suspense and growing horror, The Fox in the Attic is the widely acclaimed first part of…Richard Hughes's monumental historical fiction, "The Human Predicament." Set in the early 1920s, the book centers on Augustine, a young man from an aristocratic Welsh family who has come of age in the aftermath of World War I. Unjustly suspected of having had a hand in the murder of a young girl, Augustine takes refuge in the remote castle of Bavarian relatives. There his hopeless love for his devout cousin Mitzi blinds him to the hate that will lead to the rise of German fascism. The book reaches a climax with a brilliant description of the Munich putsch and a disturbingly intimate portrait of Adolph Hitler. The Fox in the Attic, like its no less remarkable sequel The Wooden Shepherdess, offers a richly detailed, Tolstoyan overview of the modern world in upheaval. At once a novel of ideas and an exploration of the dark spaces of the heart, it is a book in which the past returns in all its original uncertainty and strangeness.
The Wooden Shepherdess
By Hilary Mantel, Richard Hughes. 1973
The Wooden Shepherdess is the sequel to The Fox in the Attic, and the second volume of Richard Hughes's monumental…historical fiction, "The Human Predicament." It opens with Hughes's hero Augustine in prohibition era America, where he is a bemused onlooker and an increasingly fascinated participant in a country intoxicated with sex, violence, and booze. In brilliant cinematic style, the book then moves to Germany, where the Nazi Party is gradually gaining in power; to the slums, mining towns, parliamentary back rooms, and great houses of a Britain teetering on the verge of class war; and to the wilds of the Atlas Mountains of Morocco. The novel ends with a terrifying account of the Night of the Long Knives, as Hitler ruthlessly secures his hold upon Germany. This new edition of the The Wooden Shepherdess concludes with the twelve chapters that Hughes completed of the planned third volume of "The Human Predicament," here published for the first time in America.
By Hilary Mantel, Elizabeth Taylor. 2008
'I envy those readers who are coming to her work for the first time. Theirs will be an unexpected pleasure'…Paul BaileyA classic tale of fantasy and self-delusion from one of the most acclaimed British novelists of the twentieth centuryWriting stories that are extravagant and fanciful, fifteen-year old Angel retreats to a world of romance, escaping the drabness of provincial life. She knows she is different, that she is destined to become a feted authoress, owner of great riches and of Paradise House . . .After reading The Lady Irania, publishers Brace and Gilchrist are certain the novel will be a success, in spite of - and perhaps because of - its overblown style. But they are curious as to who could have written such a book: 'Some old lady, romanticising behind lace-curtains' . . . 'Angelica Deverell is too good a name to be true . . . she might be an old man. It would be an amusing variation. You are expecting to meet Mary Anne Evans and in Walks George Eliot twirling his moustache.' So nothing can prepare them for the pale young woman who sits before them, with not a seed of irony or a grain of humour in her soul.
The Mirror & the Light: A Novel (Wolf Hall Trilogy Series #3)
By Hilary Mantel. 2020
‘If you cannot speak truth at a beheading, when can you speak it?’ <P><P>England, May 1536. Anne Boleyn is dead,…decapitated in the space of a heartbeat by a hired French executioner. As her remains are bundled into oblivion, Thomas Cromwell breakfasts with the victors. The blacksmith’s son from Putney emerges from the spring’s bloodbath to continue his climb to power and wealth, while his formidable master, Henry VIII, settles to short-lived happiness with his third queen, before Jane dies giving birth to the male heir he most craves. <P><P>Cromwell is a man with only his wits to rely on; he has no great family to back him, no private army. Despite rebellion at home, traitors plotting abroad and the threat of invasion testing Henry’s regime to breaking point, Cromwell’s robust imagination sees a new country in the mirror of the future. But can a nation, or a person, shed the past like a skin? Do the dead continually unbury themselves? What will you do, the Spanish ambassador asks Cromwell, when the king turns on you, as sooner or later he turns on everyone close to him? <P><P>With The Mirror and the Light, Hilary Mantel brings to a triumphant close the trilogy she began with Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. She traces the final years of Thomas Cromwell, the boy from nowhere who climbs to the heights of power, offering a defining portrait of predator and prey, of a ferocious contest between present and past, between royal will and a common man’s vision: of a modern nation making itself through conflict, passion and courage. <P><P><b>A New York Times Bestseller</b>
Eight Months on Ghazzah Street
By Hilary Mantel. 1988
The Giant, O'Brien
By Hilary Mantel. 1998
From the two-time Man Booker winner, the story of the 18th Century Irish giant, Charles O'Brien. Charles O'Brien, bard and…giant. The cynical are moved by his flights of romance; the craven stirred by his tales of epic deeds. But what of his own story as he is led from Ireland to seek his fortune beyond the seas in England? The Surprising Irish Giant may be the sensation of the season but only his compatriots seem to attend to his mythic powers of invention. John Hunter, celebrated surgeon and anatomist, buys dead men from the gallows and babies' corpses by the inch. Where is a man as unique as The Giant to hide his bones when he is yet alive? The Giant, O' Brien is an unforgettable novel; lyrical, shocking and spliced with black comedy.