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Hilary Mantel | Hilary Mantel

bernadette-jansen-op-de-haar's picture
Feb.22.2013
This has been a week in which we have come to see a few things in a new light. According to Hilary Mantel, Kate is made of plastic. It also transpired that we’re eating quite a bit of horse, and in Amsterdam they have abolished the word ‘allochtoon’. The same Kate who takes off her clothes at...
diana-holquist's picture
Feb.20.2013
Hilary Mantel, beloved author of the Man-Booker-prize-winning books, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, is currently on the hot seat, despised for dissing the lovely Kate Middleton in her recent speech at the British Museum, Royal Bodies from Kate Middleton to Anne Boleyn. According to Mantel,...
diana-holquist's picture
Feb.20.2013
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dale-estey's picture
Jan.31.2013
“All my novels belong to the one category—intended to be, as it were, serious entertainment.” —Anthony Burgess   Yesterday I re-tweeted this quote, and also posted it to Face Book. Today I read that Hilary Mantel might be "middlebrow", apparently for her success in the Kindle age....
beverley-bie-brahic's picture
Jun.20.2012
In the library a couple weeks ago I was browsing the shelves of British writers for a book by Hilary Manttel, who has been in the news. The book I'd read about wasn't there but I found another one that was small enough to pack in a carry-on bag. In the end I didn't take it on my babysitting trip,...
sarah-stone's picture
May.25.2012
The process of exploring a set of ideas about literary works is a treasure hunt for something that doesn’t exist until you find it. In that way, it’s just like writing fiction or poetry. Because I just reread Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun,  and because so far it’s been a...
matt-beynon-rees's picture
Sep.03.2010
Historical novels vie with crime and romance novels for the titles of most derided and most widely read literature. They've had a bad rap ever since the 19th century, when the swashbucklers of Alexandre Dumas looked pretty wooden next to Dickens, and cartoonish in comparison to the depth of Victor...
matt-beynon-rees's picture
Sep.01.2010
Writing of the disdain expressed for genre novels by critics, Raymond Chandler said that there were just as many bad “literary novels” of the type favored by critics as there were bad genre stories – except that the bad literary novels didn’t get published. In other words, there’s nothing inherent...
sarah-stone's picture
Jun.04.2010
Electrical, memorable moments of happiness: not just the big ones of falling in love or having adventures out in the world, but also the inside adventures, like finding a writer who changes everything for you. The shock of pleasure -- trying to get your mind into and around a whole new sensibility...
matt-beynon-rees's picture
Apr.16.2010
If there’s one thing that authoring a series of novels will teach you, it’s that you can’t wait for inspiration. But you can prompt it, give it little electric shocks that’ll keep it bubbling within you. Here are a few methods I use to do that. I go to the places I’m writing about. I talk to people...