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Giving Up the Ghost: A Memoir (John MacRae Books)

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In postwar rural England, Hilary Mantel grew up convinced that the most improbable of accomplishments, including "chivalry, horsemanship, and swordplay," were within her grasp. Once married, however, she acquired a persistent pain that led to destructive drugs and patronizing psychiatry, ending in an ineffective but irrevocable surgery. There would be no children; in herself she found instead one novel, and then another.

Hilary Mantel is the critically acclaimed author of eight novels, including A Change of Climate and Eight Months on Ghazzah Street. She lives in England.

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In postwar rural England, Hilary Mantel grew up convinced that the most extraordinary feats were within her grasp. At nineteen, however, she acquired a persistent pain that led to destructive drugs and patronizing psychiatry, ending in an ineffective but irrevocable surgery. There would be no children; in herself she found instead one novel, and then another. This is a dazzling, wry, and visceral memoir that will bring new converts to Mantel's dark genius.

"Dazzling written . . . A highly unorthodox account of what is essentially unsayable about the inward uncharted life."Joyce Carol Oates

"Mantel's angular wit is as unquenchable as her anger; the reading experience is reliably exhilarating because of the sheer excellence of the writing."The New York Times Book Review

"Blazing insights [and] poetic discourses that rattle the soul . . . Mantel doesn't simply hit close to home, she knocks at our closets and opens our doors."The Boston Globe

"Mantel's talents are stronger than her misfortunes . . . [This book comes] from the mind of a fine author, whose body has imposed its own terrible penances."The Washington Post

"No book this year has given me more pleasure than Hilary Mantel's astonishing, ravishing memoir, Giving Up the Ghost."Susan Sontag, The Times Literary Supplement Books of the Year, 2003

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In postwar rural England, Hilary Mantel grew up convinced that the most improbable of accomplishments, including "chivalry, horsemanship, and swordplay," were within her grasp. Once married, however, she acquired a persistent pain that led to destructive drugs and patronizing psychiatry, ending in an ineffective but irrevocable surgery. There would be no children; in herself she found instead one novel, and then another.

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Hillary Mantel is the critically acclaimed author of eight novels, including A Change of Climate and Eight Months on Ghazzah Street. She lives in England.

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Susan O'Doherty, April 19, 2007 (view all comments by Susan O'Doherty)
Mantel's writing is so specific and evocative I felt as though I was not just reading about her childhood, her struggles with illness and medical arrogance and neglect, and her creative work, but experiencing them. Despite the often grim subject matter, this is an uplifting book, as much a meditation on creativity as a memoir.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312423629
Author:
Mantel, Hilary
Publisher:
Picador USA
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
John MacRae Books
Publication Date:
20040931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.2 x 5.5 x 0.7 in

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In postwar rural England, Hilary Mantel grew up convinced that the most improbable of accomplishments, including "chivalry, horsemanship, and swordplay," were within her grasp. Once married, however, she acquired a persistent pain that led to destructive drugs and patronizing psychiatry, ending in an ineffective but irrevocable surgery. There would be no children; in herself she found instead one novel, and then another.

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