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An Experiment in Love - Hilary Mantel

An Experiment in Love

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Published: May 2004
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Following on from A Change in Climate, this brilliant novel follows two girls as they leave behind their pasts and set off to the new preoccupations of 1970s London.

It is London, 1970. Carmel McBain, in her first term at university, has cut free of her childhood roots in the north. Among the gossiping, flirtatious girls of Tonbridge Hall, she begins her experiments in life and love. But the year turns. The mini-skirt falls out of style and an era of concealment begins.

Carmel's world darkens, and tragedy waits in the wings.

Author Biography: Hilary Mantel was born in Derbyshire. She was educated at a convent and later studied law. After ten years abroad in Africa and the Middle East, she returned to Britain in 1985 to make a career as a writer.

Moving, in the 1970s, from a terraced house in a small Lancashire cotton town, via the Convent School ('where discouragement was wielded like an intangible baton') to London University was, for Julianne, Karina and Carmen (through whose eyes we view the experience) like skipping a generation and entering a foreign land. A witty, sardonic, astute and acutely observant account of confused feminine rebellion - and the Catholic church. (Kirkus UK)

Hilary Mantel

A Man Booker Prize Winner

Hilary Mantel was born in Glossop, Derbyshire, England on 6 July 1952. She studied Law at the London School of Economics and Sheffield University. She was employed as a social worker, and lived in Botswana for five years, followed by four years in Saudi Arabia, before returning to Britain in the mid-1980s. In 1987 she was awarded the Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize for an article about Jeddah, and she was film critic for The Spectator from 1987 to 1991.

Her novels include Eight Months on Ghazzah Street (1988), set in Jeddah; Fludd (1989), set in a mill village in the north of England and winner of the Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize, the Cheltenham Prize and the Southern Arts Literature Prize; A Place of Greater Safety (1992), an epic account of the events of the French revolution that won the Sunday Express Book of the Year award; A Change of Climate (1994), the story of a missionary couple whose lives are torn apart by the loss of their child; and An Experiment in Love (1995), about the events in the lives of three schoolfriends from the north of England who arrive at London University in 1970, winner of the 1996 Hawthornden Prize.

Her recent novel The Giant, O'Brien (1998) tells the story of Charles O'Brien who leaves his home in Ireland to make his fortune as a sideshow attraction in London. Her latest books are Giving Up the Ghost: A Memoir (2003), an autobiography in fiction and non-fiction, taking the reader from early childhood through to the discoveries in adulthood that led her to writing; and Learning to Talk: Short Stories (2003).

Hilary Mantel's novel Beyond Black (2005) tells the story of Alison, a Home Counties psychic, and her assistant, Colette. It was shortlisted for a 2006 Commonwealth Writers Prize and for the 2006 Orange Prize for Fiction. Her latest novel Wolf Hall (2009) won the 2009 Man Booker Prize for Fiction.

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ISBN: 9780007172887
ISBN-10: 0007172885
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 250
Published: May 2004
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.599 x 15.519  x 2.819
Weight (kg): 0.500