How Shall I Know You?

How Shall I Know You?

Hilary Mantel

An unforgettable, unnerving short story about a writer’s life from one of today’s greatest writers – extracted from her upcoming collection, THE ASSASSINATION OF MARGARET THATCHER.

“One summer at the fag-end of the nineties, I had to go out of London to talk to a literary society, of the sort that must have been old-fashioned when the previous century closed. When the day came, I wondered why I’d agreed to it; but yes is easier than no, and of course when you make a promise you think the time will never arrive …”

‘How Shall I Know You’ is as unsettling and hauntingly written as we have come to expect from Hilary Mantel, one of Britain’s most accomplished, acclaimed and garlanded writers. It invites us into the usually hidden recesses of a writer’s life, into her hotel rooms, handbags, frustrations, desires, and darkest imaginings.

This story is also available in the collection ‘The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher’.

Reviews of How Shall I Know You?

    • ‘Our greatest modern English prose writer’ Sir Peter Stothard, Chair of the judges for the Man Booker Prize 2012
    • ‘Mantel can out-write most writers of her generation, male and female … Disturbing, grievous and extraordinary’ Maggie Gee, Sunday Times

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