+612 9045 4394
 
CHECKOUT
The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher  : Stories - Hilary Mantel

The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher

Stories

Hardcover Published: 1st October 2014
ISBN: 9780007580972
Number Of Pages: 256

Other Formats

Share This Book:

Hardcover

Ships in 7 to 10 business days

From one of Britain’s most accomplished, acclaimed, and garlanded writers, Hilary Mantel delivers a brilliant collection of contemporary short stories that demonstrate what modern England has become.

In The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher, Hilary Mantel’s trademark gifts of penetrating characterization, unsparing eye, and rascally intelligence are once again fully on display.

Her classic wicked humor in each story—which range from a ghost story to a vampire story to near-memoir to mini-sagas of family and social fracture—brilliantly unsettles the reader in that unmistakably Mantel way.

Mantel brutally and acutely writes about gender, marriage, class, family, and sex, cutting to the core of human experience. Unpredictable, diverse, and even shockingly unexpected, each story grabs you by the throat within a couple of sentences. The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher displays a magnificent writer at the peak of her powers.

Read Caroline Baum's Review

There’s a crisp no-nonsense tone to this collection of contemporary short stories by the woman many regard as the Queen of Historical Fiction.

Here Mantel proves she can shift from the world of royal ermine and Tudor palace intrigue to that of a twentieth century London sniper co-opting a window to take aim, an expat wife surprised by a visitor in a Saudi apartment block and a child remembering her first sighting of a not-quite-normal-looking baby.

Her writing is full of memorable descriptive observations: a girl with her hair tied in a ribbon slipped sideways so that ‘her head looked like a badly tied parcel’.

Mantel deploys her prose with steely precision and briskness, like a very efficient matron. You are never left in any doubt as to who is the boss here and it is a wonderful experience to surrender control to her formidable talents.

WRITE A REVIEW

Mostly Unsatisfying

2

I usually like Hilary Mantel's work, but I was disappointed by this collection of short stories. Most stories started well, showing promise with vivid evocative imagery, but stalled instead of leading to a satisfying conclusion. The writer's emphasis seemed to be on creating a mood (mostly dark) rather than a completed narrative journey. For me, the satisfying exceptions are the titular The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher, an "alternative history" with hints of dark comedy, and another called Winter Break which describes a wild, countryside taxi ride leading to a frightening destination. While the rest of the collection had moments of appeal, they didn't fulfil the expectations I have for a story. They had a repeated unfinished feel where I was left wondering what the point had been. I've come across story collections like that before where the collection as a whole was saved by the subtle drawing together by cross references and overlaps between stories. Maybe I missed it, but that saving feature was lacking here.

Country NSW

false

A Good Read

3

I always enjoy H, Mantel; this book of short stories was no exception - not weighty like Wolf hall of course but an enjoyable summer read.

Bulli

true

ANOTHER COUP FOR HILARY

4

LOVED THE EDITION SENT BY BOOKTOPIA. MANTEL IS A MIRACLE WORKER WITH WORDS. I FOUND I NEEDED TO READ THE BOOK SLOWLY AND CAREFULLY AS HER STORIES ARE PROFOUNDLY DISTURBING. TO ME, ANYWAY. A FASCIATING TASK AHEAD TO TRY AND WORK OUT JUST HOW SHE DOES IT.

sydney

true

The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher

3.0 3

66.7

`An exhilarating, if dark, collection ... `The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher' is a small triumph: a lesson in artfully controlled savagery' Sunday Times

`Remarkably good: taut, engaging and shocking ... acutely observed' Evening Standard

`I would recommend the brilliantly chilling ...The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher over most other long or short works this year.' Telegraph, Books of the Year

`What a fabulously nasty concoction Hilary Mantel has served up ... It's a fugu fish of a book; parts of which will leave you dizzily elated, while other parts may make you very ill indeed ... The venom is distilled, bottled and dripped like slowly staining bitters into the cocktail of the entertainment ... That title story, wickedly good, is alone worth the price of admission to the book' Simon Schama, Financial Times

`The best stories in the collection ... combine sharp observation and sly wit with a subtle burrowing into the recesses of her protagonists' heads. The darker stories recall both the metaphysical speculations of Jorge Luis Borges and the trickery of Roald Dahl' Mail on Sunday

`Infused with Mantel's almost lush evocations of isolation and distress ... All in all, these are alluring portraits of interior disquiet' Observer

`No one else quite sounds like Mantel in this vein, although a top-level summit of Muriel Spark and Alan Bennett might conceivably come close. Mantel takes absolutely nothing on trust. Bodies can, and will, malfunction; ditto minds, and marriages. Malice, power or simple chance may always undermine the ground beneath your feet' Independent

`These are the sticky slices of suburban noir that Mantel served up so well in her pre-Wolf Hall output and they never fail to deliver' The Times

`Much of Mantel's glorious power comes from her unsentimental, forensic gaze and willingness to describe the uncomfortable ... Mantel's brutally dissecting eye is much in evidence here ... Her prose is sublime ... the glittering details exquisite' Independent on Sunday

ISBN: 9780007580972
ISBN-10: 0007580975
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st October 2014
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.4 x 13.6  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.35

Hilary Mantel


About the Author


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.

Visit Hilary Mantel's Booktopia Author Page


Read More