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The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher : Stories
by Hilary Mantel and Jane Carr


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One of the most accomplished, acclaimed, and garlanded writers, Hilary Mantel delivers a brilliant collection of contemporary stories

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.  Read more...


 
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Overview

One of the most accomplished, acclaimed, and garlanded writers, Hilary Mantel delivers a brilliant collection of contemporary stories

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.

Stories of dislocation and family fracture, of whimsical infidelities and sudden deaths with sinister causes, brilliantly unsettle the reader in that unmistakably Mantel way.

Cutting to the core of human experience, Mantel brutally and acutely writes about marriage, class, family, and sex. Unpredictable, diverse, and sometimes shocking, "The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher" displays a magnificent writer at the peak of her powers.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781427251701
  • ISBN-10: 1427251703
  • Publisher: MacMillan Audio
  • Publish Date: September 2014
  • Page Count: 4
  • Dimensions: 5.1 x 5.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 pounds


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Books > Fiction > Short Stories (single author)
Books > Fiction > Literary

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

Publishers Weekly® Reviews

  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-02-02
  • Reviewer: Staff

Mantel’s clever, keenly observant prose is well rendered by reader Carr’s classy, British-accented delivery. The 10 short stories in this collection are a blend of ordinary people struggling emotionally and physically, and more-seriously flawed characters who are disturbed, exposing a dark side of human nature. The first story, “Sorry to Disturb,” is an incisive, cringeworthy look at unwanted friendships and the peril of being too nice. While in Saudi Arabia with her husband for work, a stranger inserts himself into a woman’s life in a persistent, uncomfortable fashion. As she struggles to be rid of him without being hurtful, it becomes obvious his intentions are romantic, and there are some humorous moments. Mantel throws a shock into the seemingly tame “Winter Break,” as an ordinary taxi ride becomes a murderous journey. A sudden stop, followed by the narrator’s repetition of a single word, remains with the listener long after the conclusion. “The Heart Fails Without Warning” is a harsh look at a heartbreaking illness. Anger, frustration, and sibling snark are expressed deftly. The provocative conclusion, “The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher,” is light on action, but heavy on dialogue between two strangers: a mild-mannered woman with a deceptive edge to her voice, and a gruff, accented IRA assassin who commandeers her apartment. Throughout, Carr provides lively, nuanced expression to Mantel’s complex characters. A Henry Holt hardcover. (Sept.)

 
BookPage Reviews

Audio: A shattering legacy

Zak Ebrahim subtitles The Terrorist’s Son “A Story of Choice.” But children don’t get to make life-changing choices for themselves; it can take years. For Ebrahim, those years were filled with extraordinary pain and suffering, and he tells his story with rare, raw candor. His father, El-Sayyid Nosair, was the first known Islamic jihadist to take a life on American soil, and he went on to help plan the first bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993 from his cell in Attica. Ebrahim, his mother and siblings were the collateral damage of this new kind of infamy, tipped into a life of harassment and insistent poverty. Bullied by his classmates, beaten by his stepfather, Ebrahim was filled with fear, anger, self-loathing and the bigotry his father had seared into him. When he began to see the world differently, questioning dogma and blind hatred, finding empathy as a way to a better world, he finally made his choice and turned away from his father and terrorism. This is a powerful story, made even stronger by Ebrahim’s heartfelt reading.

SOMEONE IS LYING
OMG, um, hello! If you didn’t know that Tana French can get into the minds, mores and mangled, Americanized language of adolescent girls, you’ll be totally convinced when you listen to The Secret Place, read in tandem by Lara Hutchinson and Stephen Hogan with the perfect range of Irish accents. French, also a master of complex whodunits, has crafted a doozy. When Holly Mackey (Faithful Place, 2010) brings a note saying “I know who killed him” to Detective Moran, stuck unhappily working cold cases, it reopens the investigation of a super-popular 16-year-old boy’s brutal murder at St. Kilda’s, a posh Dublin girl’s school. Teamed up with tough, gritty Antoinette Conway from the Murder Squad, Moran spends one intense day sorting through the lies, loyalties, rivalries and confusion of two tight, contentious cliques of girls. Moran’s take alternates with a year of flashbacks filtered through Holly and her three mates’ eyes and rapidly changing teenage psyches. Bravo, if you find the “who” before the denouement.

TOP PICK IN AUDIO
Hilary Mantel won two Man Booker prizes—the only woman ever to do so—for her first two extraordinary novels about Thomas Cromwell and the Tudor court. She’s still working on the last book of the trilogy, so maybe to take a break or to keep her fans from rioting, she has published a collection of short stories. The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher is titled for its longest, wittiest and most controversial tale, which took her 30 years to complete. Many of these dark, quirky stories are told in the first person by dysfunctional people navigating life’s treacheries with impaired insight into themselves and their situations. Some stories seem to come, in part, from Mantel’s own experiences as wife and writer. Whatever the setting, her impeccable narrative style, unsparing eye and scalpel-sharp humor put each experience and each character in fine focus. Jane Carr’s exemplary reading only adds to it all.

 

This article was originally published in the November 2014 issue of BookPage. Download the entire issue for the Kindle or Nook.

 
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