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RIP Hilary Mantel

Discussion in 'off topic' started by mjw, Sep 23, 2022 at 11:39 AM.

  1. mjw

    mjw pfm Member

    I was late to the party but read the full Wolf Hall trilogy during lockdown - very rewarding.
  2. Seanm

    Seanm pfm Member

  3. Suffolk Tony

    Suffolk Tony Aim low, achieve your goals, avoid disappointment.

    Oh damn, that really is sad. We've lost a genius, much too soon.RIP Hilary.
  4. Snufkin

    Snufkin pfm Member

    Very sad, RIP Hilary
  5. Woodface

    Woodface pfm Member

  6. cctaylor

    cctaylor pfm Member

    Yes she is a sad loss and 70 is not old these days. I've still got "The Mirror and the Light" to read. Will be a bit sad reading it thinking there will be no more like it.

    They way she weaved the history into the books with her characterisation of the players was remarkable. She truly put a different spin on the historical novel.
  7. boneman

    boneman pfm Member

    Cannot believe this. Her writing in the Wolf Hall series is some of the best I've ever read. RIP.
  8. vince rocker

    vince rocker pfm Member

    Oh that's very sad news. As well as the Wolf Hall trilogy I recommend "Beyond Black".
  9. sean99

    sean99 pfm Member

    Very sad - so young. One day I'll read the Wolf Hall books - I really enjoyed the TV adaptation.
  10. KrisW

    KrisW pfm Member

    That’s sad news. Weirdly, I just had The Mirror And The Light in my hand, and was considering re-reading it. .

    I understand that she suffered from poor health for most of her life: she used to say that not being able to do a more strenuous job is part of the reason she began writing.
  11. matthewr

    matthewr spɹɐʍʞɔɐq spɹoɔǝɹ ɹnoʎ sʎɐld

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  12. alanbeeb

    alanbeeb pfm Member

    If you like the Wolf Hall trilogy...try A Place of Greater Safety too - set around 3 of the leading characters of the early phase of the French Revolution, its just as brilliant.
  13. Bodiddly

    Bodiddly Member

    A very sad loss, I doubt that I will see such a talent again. My condolences to her family and friends.
  14. saturn9

    saturn9 Shadow Member

    Fabulous writer.RIP
  15. MUTTY1

    MUTTY1 Waste of bandwidth

    My wife is the novel reader in this partnership but she had never read any of her stuff. She doesn’t like reading ‘historical’ stuff. I just don’t get this. Whatever the period/current fads/morality the essential nature of humans is the same. If it’s generally regarded as good writing….?
    ‘ suddenly and peacefully surrounded by her family’ That’s a perfect end if true.
  16. cctaylor

    cctaylor pfm Member

    The books are wonderfully written and Mantel researched the history thoroughly. She simply invented an narrative to link up the bits of known history. She put believable words in the mouths of the characters.

    Dismissing her work as simply historical fiction doesn't do her work justice.

    I will read anything good enough to hold my attention and interest. My late wife had a talent for buying me the most wonderful range books. She often managed to send me into new areas of interest. I still have a few of her choices to read yet and am looking forward to reading them.

    The first two Wolf Hall books are great reads and look forward to reading the third one shortly. Heather bought the first one for me.

    She only made one mistake, she bought a Frankie Boyle for me, unfortunately I found his style of humour made me uncomfortable and very unfunny and gave up after 60 pages.
  17. SteveS1

    SteveS1 I heard that, pardon?

    Sad news. Loved her work and always found her interesting when interviewed at length. RIP.
  18. ff1d1l

    ff1d1l pfm Member

    Quite simply one of the greats, if not the greatest.
    An impressive intellect when interviewed - always a simulating and thought provoking listen - and 70 is far too young to be taken and for us to loose her and her talent. RIP.
  19. Suffolk Tony

    Suffolk Tony Aim low, achieve your goals, avoid disappointment.

    Hilary Mantel: "We see the ugly face of contemporary Britain in the people on the beaches abusing exhausted refugees even as they scramble to the shore. It makes one ashamed. And ashamed, of course to be living in the nation that elected this government..."
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