The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher, Paperback

The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher Paperback

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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.

Including a new story The School of English. 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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A solidly unsentimental collection full of insight and dark humour. I was particularly impressed by the new story added for this paperback edition, <i>The School of English</i>, which is a devastating inditement of the injustices of London society from the perspective of a downtrodden and defenceless Filipina maidservant. That this is placed immediately before the title story adds weight to Mantel's less than complementary views on the Thatcher legacy. Not a long book, and very different to the historical novels, but well worth reading.

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