The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher, Hardback

The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher Hardback

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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.




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Review #4 — The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher and Other Stories by Hillary MantelMantel, twice winner of the Booker Prize, presents here a collection of ten short stories, written between 1993 and 2014, all previously published elsewhere.With such acclaim, I must admit that I bought this book because of its title. I'm sure her Booker-novels are seated proudly on the shelves in every home. Mine are sadly on the TBR-list.Though Mantel's prose is brilliant and her attention to detail vivid, I'm afraid that this collection will not be everyone's cup of tea.I was left with a dark, disturbing and uncomfortable feeling. A feeling I couldn’t shake off only because I didn't want to deal with the tarnished image of reality. I seldom read fiction and those I do, I re-read; this I will not. This is a one-time experience that every reader or aspiring writer should experience only for her literary mastery.First collectively published in 2014 by Fourth State. - IRONJAW'S BOOK REVIEW, Review #4. December 30th 2014.
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Very good collection, although the weakest was the title story, where the characters and the plot lacked depth.

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