Books by Hilary Mantel

Among Hilary Mantel's major novels are A Change of Climate, A Place of Greater Safety, and Eight Months on Ghazzah Street. She has also written a memoir, Giving Up the Ghost. Winner of the Hawthornden Prize, she reviews for The New York Times and The New


THE ASSASSINATION OF MARGARET THATCHER by Hilary Mantel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"'What would Anita Brookner do?' asks one of Mantel's protagonists. The answer, we'd like to think, is this: She'd read Mantel's latest, and she'd delight in it."
Best known for historical novels such as Wolf Hall (2009) and Bring up the Bodies (2012), Mantel proves herself a skilled practitioner of short fiction as well.Read full book review >
BRING UP THE BODIES by Hilary Mantel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 22, 2012

"The inventiveness of Mantel's language is the chief draw here; the plot, as such, will engage only the most determined of Tudor enthusiasts."
Second in Mantel's trilogy charting the Machiavellian trajectory of Thomas Cromwell. Read full book review >
WOLF HALL by Hilary Mantel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 13, 2009

"Masterfully written and researched but likely to appeal mainly to devotees of all things Tudor."
Exhaustive examination of the circumstances surrounding Henry VIII's schism-inducing marriage to Anne Boleyn. Read full book review >
BEYOND BLACK by Hilary Mantel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2005

"Superbly odd, but still superb."
Unpleasant and meddling dead people litter the landscape around a very sweet medium whose past would frighten anyone to death. Read full book review >
GIVING UP THE GHOST by Hilary Mantel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 8, 2003

"Mantel's voice, often gently whimsical, can also snarl with anger and bite with satire."
An English critic and novelist (Fludd, 2000, etc.) summons the ghosts of her childhood and youth. Read full book review >
FLUDD by Hilary Mantel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2000

"Witty, offbeat, insightful regarding the trials of Catholicism without bogging down in dogma: a lightly weighted but charming vision of alchemy's noblest endeavors."
A mysterious curate arrives one dark and stormy night to succor the populace - in this dryly comic tale by British novelist Mantel (The Giant, O'Brien, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >
FLUDD by Hilary Mantel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2000

"Witty, offbeat, insightful regarding the trials of Catholicism without bogging down in dogma: a lightly weighted but charming vision of alchemy's noblest endeavors."
A mysterious curate arrives one dark and stormy night to succor the populace—in this dryly comic tale by British novelist Mantel (The Giant, O'Brien, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >
EVERY DAY IS MOTHER'S DAY by Hilary Mantel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2000

"An exhilarating combination of kitchen-sink realism and grim expressionist farce: convincing further proof that Mantel is one of England's best contemporary novelists."
The first American edition of a 1985 novel, the debut - and first of a paired set (see also below) - of the versatile and inventive British author (The Giant, O'Brien, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >
THE GIANT, O'BRIEN by Hilary Mantel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Distinguished by a deft use of voices (from O'Brien's soaring lyricism and earthy humor to Hunter's desiccated musings) and by a vivid portrait of the feculent underside of London: a fresh, moving meditation on the sources of wonder and the dangers of a depraved rationalism."
The title character in Mantel's grimly lyrical latest novel (after Eight Months on Ghazzah Street, 1997, etc.) is in flight from a number of horrors. Read full book review >
A CHANGE OF CLIMATE by Hilary Mantel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1997

"Intelligent and moving."
Acclaimed British novelist Mantel (An Experiment in Love, 1996, etc.; see below) offers a provocative take on men and women of goodwill side-swiped by unsuspected evil and betrayal in places as far apart as Botswana and England. Read full book review >
EIGHT MONTHS ON GHAZZAH STREET by Hilary Mantel
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 1997

"At once a riveting thriller and a subtle political tale, set in a place as harsh and unforgiving as the desert."
A chilling portrait of an authoritarian society as a young Englishwoman moves with her husband into a Saudi Arabian neighborhood and finds murder lurking behind the shuttered windows and closed doors. Read full book review >
AN EXPERIMENT IN LOVE by Hilary Mantel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1996

"Still, without some conclusive image, we're left guessing about the greater meanings behind this grim, profoundly moving work."
An angry novel by Mantel (A Place of Greater Safety, 1993, etc.), offers a powerful, but incomplete, portrait of a young woman driving herself toward destruction. Read full book review >
A PLACE OF GREATER SAFETY by Hilary Mantel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 2, 1993

"Re-creating the fullness of history with its wealth of human faces and failings, this is a lively, engrossing tale of power, glory, and despair."
British novelist Mantel weighs in with her American debut: a massively impressive, painstakingly detailed saga of the French Revolution as its leaders lived it. Read full book review >