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


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

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

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

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. The story, moving between the past and recent present, is a cautionary, compassionate tale of a model family almost destroyed by its secrets. Read full book review >

EIGHT MONTHS ON GHAZZAH STREET by Hilary Mantel
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 1997

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. Mantel's third novel, published in 1988 in England and now being issued here (along with her sixth—see above—also previously unseen here), splendidly evokes the constrained life of the expats in a feudal Islamic society where boredom is endemic, rumors of rebellion commonplace, and the police feared. Read full book review >

AN EXPERIMENT IN LOVE by Hilary Mantel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1996

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. Narrator Carmel McBain traces her crabbed, anxious life from childhood in Lancashire up to college in London in the 1960's. Read full book review >

A PLACE OF GREATER SAFETY by Hilary Mantel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 2, 1993

British novelist Mantel weighs in with her American debut: a massively impressive, painstakingly detailed saga of the French Revolution as its leaders lived it. Citizens Danton, Desmoulins, and Robespierre are the primary figures in this historical epic, as each moves from provincial beginnings to Paris and a larger-than-life status in the heady days of revolutionary fervor and terrible excess. Read full book review >