Hilary Mantel

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Hilary Mantel is a British author and a prolific writer. Her first book, Every Day is Mother’s Day, was published in 1985, shortly before her return to England after years spent living with her husband in Botswana and Saudi Arabia. Subsequently, she became a film critic for The Spectator (1987-1991) and a reviewer for papers and magazines in the UK and United States. Her books have been received with critical acclaim, and she was awarded the Booker Prize in 2009 for her novel Wolf Hall and in 2012 for the novel Bring Up the Bodies, becoming the first woman to receive the prestigious award twice.

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    Oh Happy Day

    By Carmen Callil

    Recommended by: Hilary Mantel
    Publish Date: 2020
    A compelling tale of ‘poverty, social injustice, Empire and migration’, the book tells the story of Carmen Callil’s family, tracing back their origins to the Midlands in the early 19th century. Uncovering the journey of Sary, her great-great-grandmother, a poor…
  • Island Dreams

    By Gavin Francis

    Recommended by: Hilary Mantel
    Publish Date: 2020
    Described as ‘a simple but sincere cartography of my own obsession with the twinned but opposing allures of island and city, of isolation and connection’, Island Dreams explores the appeal of islands in our consciousness by recounting some of the…
  • The Haunting Of Alma Fielding

    By Kate Summerscale

    Recommended by: Hilary Mantel
    Publish Date: 2020
    Alma Fielding is an ordinary housewife in 1938 London, who finds herself suddenly haunted. Nandor Fodor is a Jewish-Hungarian refugee and chief ghost hunter for the International Institute for Psychical Research, who, intrigued by the case, begins to investigate. What…