Author(s): 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.
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
Hilary Mantel is the author of thirteen books , including A PLACE OF GREATER SAFETY, BEYOND BLACK, and the memoir GIVING UP THE GHOST. Her two most recent novels, WOLF HALL and its sequel BRING UP THE BODIES, have both been awarded The Man Booker Prize - an unprecedented achievement.