Friday, October 28, 2005

Hilary MANTEL ... Beyond Black (2005)

HILARY MANTEL’s Booker Prize-longlisted Beyond Black (2005) is now out in paperback. Highly recommended for her originality, elegant prose and caustic wit. With this book, Mantel demonstrates her prowess as a great writer in the English language and her audacity to tackle realistic issues is admirable. There is much humour despite the darkness of the subject matter. Her memoir, Giving Up the Ghost (2003), is also excellent. Such good books deserve a wider readership.

MANTEL Hilary [1952-] Novelist, short-story writer, memoirist. Born Hilary Thompson in Glossop, Derbyshire, England. NOVELS Beyond Black (2005: longlisted for the 2005 Booker Prize for Fiction); The Giant, O’Brien (1998); An Experiment in Love (1995: winner of the 1996 Hawthornden Prize for Imaginative Literature); A Change of Climate (1994); A Place of Greater Safety (1992: winner of the 1992 Sunday Express Book of the Year Award); Fludd (1989: winner of the 1990 Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize, the 1990 Cheltenham Literary Festival Prize and the 1990 Southern Arts Literature Prize); Eight Months on Ghazzah Street (1988); Vacant Possession (1986); Every Day is Mother’s Day (1985) STORIES Learning to Talk (2003) MEMOIR Giving Up the Ghost (2003: shortlisted for the 2004 Duff Cooper Prize for Nonfiction)

Fiction: Beyond Black (2005); An Experiment in Love (1995); A Place of Greater Safety (1992); Eight Months on Ghazzah Street (1988)
Nonfiction: Giving Up the Ghost (2003)


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