Mantel pieces : Royal bodies and other writing from the London review of books

by Mantel, Hilary, 1952-

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Summary

A stunning collection of essays and memoir from twice Booker Prize winner and international bestseller Hilary Mantel, author of The Mirror and the Light

In 1987, when Hilary Mantel was first published in the London Review of Books, she wrote to the editor, Karl Miller, 'I have no critical training whatsoever, so I am forced to be more brisk and breezy than scholarly.' This collection of twenty reviews, essays and pieces of memoir from the next three decades, tells the story of what happened next.

Her subjects range far and wide: Robespierre and Danton, the Hite report, Saudi Arabia where she lived for four years in the 1980s, the Bulger case, John Osborne, the Virgin Mary as well as the pop icon Madonna, a brilliant examination of Helen Duncan, Britain's last witch. There are essays about Jane Boleyn, Charles Brandon, Christopher Marlowe and Margaret Pole, which display the astonishing insight into the Tudor mind we are familiar with from the bestselling Wolf Hall Trilogy. Her famous lecture, 'Royal Bodies', which caused a media frenzy, explores the place of royal women in society and our imagination. Here too are some of her LRB diaries, including her first meeting with her stepfather and a confrontation with a circus strongman.

Constantly illuminating, always penetrating and often very funny, interleaved with letters and other ephemera gathered from the archive, Mantel Pieces is an irresistible selection from one of our greatest living writers.

Contents
Letter from Hilary Mantel to Karl Miller, 1987
American marriage, 1988
Letter from Mary-Kay Wilmers to Hilary Mantel, 1988
Bookcase shopping in Jeddah, 1989
Postcard from Hilary Mantel to Mary-Kay Wilmers, 1989
John Osborne's memoirs, 1991
Draft of a cover caption by Mary-Kay Wilmers, 1992
In bed with Madonna, 1992
'LRB' cover, 28 May 1992
On Théroigne de Méricourt, 1992
Postcard from Hilary Mantel to Mary-Kay Wilmers, 1997
On Christopher Marlowe, 1992
Fax from Hilary Mantel to Mary-Kay Wilmers, 1994
A Mohawk captive, 1994
Fax from Hilary Mantel to Mary-Kay Wilmers, 1997
The murder of James Bulger, 1997
Postcard and fax from Hilary Mantel, 1999
On Marie Antoinette, 1999
Email from Hilary Mantel to Mary-Kay Wilmers, 2001
Britain's last witch, 2001
Email from Hilary Mantel to the editors, 2003
Meeting my stepfather, 2003
Card and email from Hilary Mantel to the editors, 2003
The Hair Shirt Sisterhood, 2004
'LRB' covers, 24 March 2004 and 20 April 2006
The People's Robespierre, 2006
Email from Hilary Mantel to Mary-Kay Wilmers, 2005
On Jane Boleyn, 2008
Email from Hilary Mantel to the editors, 2006
'LRB' cover, 9 April 2009
Marian devotion, 2009
On Danton, 2009
'LRB' cover, 4 November 2010
Meeting the Devil, 2010
Email from Hilary Mantel to Mary-Kay Wilmers, 2012
Royal bodies, 2013
Emails from Hilary Mantel to Mary-Kay Wilmers, 2013
On Charles Brandon, 2016
Fact-checking correspondence, 2016
The secrets of Margaret Pole, 2017
Email from Hilary Mantel to Mary-Kay Wilmers, 2019.

Additional Information
Subjects Mantel, Hilary, -- 1952-
English literature -- Periodicals -- Excerpts.
Essays.
Literary criticism.
Reviews.
Autobiographies.
Diaries.
Publisher London :2020
Other Titles London review of books.
Works.
Language English
Notes All pieces previously published in London review of books.
Description 335 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN 9780008429973
0008429979
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