Tony Grist (poliphilo) wrote,
Tony Grist

Giving Up The Ghost: Hilary Mantel

The first half of your life you spend collecting ghosts; in middle age you start to let them go. Breath in, pause, breath out. With any luck by the time you reach old age there won't be any of the little buggers left.

Mantel writes about her working-class childhood in Hadfield, Derbyshire and then about the illness that blighted her adult life. When she's being a child she sees things as innocently and acutely as Dickens did in the early chapters of David Copperfield; when she writes about her illness and the culpable uselessness of the medical profession she is very, very angry.

If you have a taste for Mantel's fiction this book will tell you something about the roots of her art. 

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