Mantel Pieces: Royal Bodies and Other Writing from the London Review of Books

Author:   Hilary Mantel
Publisher:   HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN:  

9780008429973


Pages:   352
Publication Date:   01 October 2020
Format:   Hardback
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A stunning collection of essays and memoir from twice Booker Prize winner and international bestseller Hilary Mantel, author of The Mirror and the Light In 1987, when Hilary Mantel was first published in the London Review of Books, she wrote to the editor, Karl Miller, 'I have no critical training whatsoever, so I am forced to be more brisk and breezy than scholarly.' This collection of twenty reviews, essays and pieces of memoir from the next three decades, tells the story of what happened next. Her subjects range far and wide: Robespierre and Danton, the Hite report, Saudi Arabia where she lived for four years in the 1980s, the Bulger case, John Osborne, the Virgin Mary as well as the pop icon Madonna, a brilliant examination of Helen Duncan, Britain's last witch. There are essays about Jane Boleyn, Charles Brandon, Christopher Marlowe and Margaret Pole, which display the astonishing insight into the Tudor mind we are familiar with from the bestselling Wolf Hall Trilogy. Her famous lecture, 'Royal Bodies', which caused a media frenzy, explores the place of royal women in society and our imagination. Here too are some of her LRB diaries, including her first meeting with her stepfather and a confrontation with a circus strongman. Constantly illuminating, always penetrating and often very funny, interleaved with letters and other ephemera gathered from the archive, Mantel Pieces is an irresistible selection from one of our greatest living writers.

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Author:   Hilary Mantel
Publisher:   HarperCollins Publishers
Imprint:   Fourth Estate Ltd
Dimensions:   Width: 14.10cm , Height: 3.20cm , Length: 22.20cm
Weight:   0.460kg
ISBN:  

9780008429973


ISBN 10:   0008429979
Pages:   352
Publication Date:   01 October 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In stock   Availability explained
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Reviews for The Wolf Hall Trilogy: 'A masterpiece . . . Mantel has redefined what the historical novel is capable of . . . Taken together, her Cromwell novels are, for my money, the greatest English novels of this century' Observer 'An epic of English history that does what the Aeneid did for the Romans and War and Peace for the Russians. We are lucky to have it.' Telegraph 'A masterpiece that will keep yielding its riches, changing as its readers change, going forward with us into the future.' Guardian


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Hilary Mantel is the author of fourteen books, including A Place Of Greater Safety, Beyond Black, the memoir Giving Up The Ghost, and the short-story collection The Assassination Of Margaret Thatcher. 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.

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