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Beyond Black By Hilary Mantel

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An hilarious and sinister tale of dark secrets and secret forces in suburban England - from the author of the Booker-Prize winning author of Wolf Hall, Bring Up the Bodies and The Mirror & the Light.

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Beyond Black by Hilary Mantel

An hilarious and sinister tale of dark secrets and secret forces in suburban England - from the author of the Booker-Prize winning author of Wolf Hall, Bring Up the Bodies and The Mirror & the Light.

Alison Hart is a medium by trade: dead people talk to her, and she talks back. With her flat-eyed, flint-hearted sidekick, Colette, she tours the dormitory towns of London's orbital road, passing on messages from dead ancestors: 'Granny says she likes your new kitchen units.'

Alison's ability to communicate with spirits is a torment rather than a gift. Behind her plump, smiling and bland public persona is a desperate woman. She knows that the next life holds terrors that she must conceal from her clients. Her days and nights are haunted by the men she knew in her childhood, the thugs and petty criminals who preyed upon her hopeless, addled mother, Emmie. They infiltrate her house, her body and her soul; the more she tries to be rid of them, the stronger and nastier they become.

This tenth novel by Hilary Mantel is a witty and deeply sinister story of dark secrets and forces, set in an England that jumps at its own shadow, a country whose banal self-absorption is shot through by fear of the engulfing dark.

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Serious reading with light(ish) undertones. Unusual and Unnerving novel.' Sunday Telegraph

'It's a brilliant, extraordinary novel, and I found Alison an intensely moving creation. She inhabits a universe of cruelty, absurdity, terror and black comedy. She survives only through her own wit and her struggle towards the light.

It's a very funny book but it's also a very dreadful book in the most literal sense of the word: the novel's fabric pulses with dread, and you are on the edge of your seat hoping that Alison will survive. Beyond Black is a hugely ambitious, daring book about the nature of good and evil, and for me it is Hilary Mantel's most powerful novel to date.' Helen Dunmore

About Hilary Mantel


Hilary Mantel is the author of fifteen books, including A PLACE OF GREATER SAFETY, BEYOND BLACK, the memoir GIVING UP THE GHOST, and the short-story collection THE ASSASSINATION OF MARGARET THATCHER. Her two most recent novels, WOLF HALL and its sequel BRING UP THE BODIES, have both been awarded the Man Booker Prize.

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GOR001296064
Beyond Black by Hilary Mantel
Hilary Mantel
Used - Very Good
Hardback
HarperCollins Publishers
2005-05-03
464
0007157754
9780007157754
Short-listed for Orange Prize 2006
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