An extraordinary work of historical imagination - this is Hilary Mantel's epic novel of the French Revolution.
One of the ten books - novels, memoirs and one very unusual biography - that make up the 4th Estate Matchbook Classics' series, a stunningly redesigned collection of some of the best loved titles on our backlist.
1789: as Revolution sweeps through France, three obscure young men step into the harsh light of history.
Georges Jacques Danton has a prize fighter's build, a sharp lawyer's brain, a consuming ambition. Camille Desmoulins, charming and erratic, is a writer of genius with a taste for violence. Maximilien Robespierre is a slight, meek idealist who recoils from power, but who will lead his country into the darkness of the Terror.
For these men, the Revolution is a blood rite: the forces they have helped unleash will remake the world, but destroy their lives. From the two-time winner of the Man Booker Prize, A Place of Greater Safety announced Hilary Mantel as one of our greatest living novelists.
'Superbly readable...an assured and strange masterpiece.' Sunday Telegraph
'One of the best English novels of the 20th century.' Diana Athill, The Oldie
'Hilary Mantel has soaked herself in the history of the period...and a striking picture emerges of the exhilaration, dynamic energy and stark horror of those fearful days.' Daily Telegraph
'I cannot think of a historical novel as good as this until one goes back to Marguerite Yourcenar's "Memoirs of Hadrian", published forty years ago.' Evening Standard
'Marvellous...It was the best of times; it was the worst of times. Hilary Mantel captures it all.' Time Out
'Intriguing...She has grasped what made these young revolutionaries - and with them the French Revolution - tick.' Independent
'Crafty tensions, twists and high drama...a bravura display of her endlessly inventive, eerily observant style.' Times Literary Supplement
'An extraordinary and overwhelming novel...immensely detailed and yet fast-moving...she has set herself to capture the excitement and intellectual fervour of the period. She does it admirably...a tour de force.' Scotsman
'Riveting...the book overflows with a natural storyteller's energy.' New Yorker
'Much, much more than a historical novel, this is an addictive study of power, and the price that must be paid for it...a triumph.' Cosmopolitan
'This is a high-class historical blockbuster.' Red Magazine
'Hilary Mantel has pulled off the apparently impossible...an ambitious, gripping epic.' Vogue
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.