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Hilary Mantel

A Place of Greater Safety is a spellbinding, epic historical novel which recounts the stirring but blood-thirsty events of the French Revolution, as seen through the eyes of the Revolution’s three protagonists – Georges-Jacques Danton, Maximilien Robespierre and Camille Desmoulins

In The Giant, O’Brien, Charles O’Brien, bard and giant, is led from Ireland to seek his fortune beyond the seas in England. The cynical are moved by his flights of romance; the craven stirred by his tales of epic deeds. But in London is famed surgeon, John Hunter, who buys dead men from the gallows and babies’ corpses by the inch – and he wants the Giant’s bones.

In Beyond Black we meet Alison Hart – medium by trade. With her flat-eyed, flint-hearted sidekick, Colette, she tours the dormitory towns of London’s orbital road, passing on messages from dead ancestors. But Alison’s ability to communicate with spirits is a torment rather than a gift and behind her plump, smiling and bland public persona is a desperate woman.

Reviews of Three-Book Edition

  • Praise for A Place of Greater Safety:

    ‘Superbly readable…an assured and strange masterpiece.’ Sunday Telegraph

    ‘One of the best English novels of the 20th century.’ Diana Athill

    Praise for Beyond Black:

    ‘Sparkling, sinister and supremely original.’ Sunday Telegraph

    ‘As black as a tar barrel and very, very funny.’ The Times

    Praise for The Giant, O’Brien:

    ‘Her books never fail to surprise, nor to delight: in this one she is at her very best.’ Independent on Sunday

    ‘Mantel can out-write most writers of her generation, male and female. What she has done here is disturbing, grievous and extraordinary.’ Maggie Gee, Sunday Times

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