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Hilary Mantel, one of the most accomplished, acclaimed, and garlanded writers, delivers a brilliant collection of contemporary stories.

In The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher, Hilary Mantel’s trademark gifts of penetrating characterization, unsparing eye, and rascally intelligence are once again fully on display.

Stories of dislocation and family fracture, of whimsical infidelities and sudden deaths with sinister causes brilliantly unsettle the reader in that unmistakably Mantel way.

Cutting to the core of human experience, Mantel brutally and acutely writes about marriage, class, family, and sex. Unpredictable, diverse, and sometimes shocking, The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher displays a magnificent writer at the peak of her powers.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A cunning and visionary new collection…[Mantel] intends to expose what is really in her characters’ hearts, no matter how benign they appear on the surface. In these ten stories, she ingeniously succeeds, managing to simultaneously startle and seduce by juxtaposing horror and humor, derision and empathy, passivity and aggression.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “Some of the stories are so brief and twisted…they have a hint of the cruelty of Roald Dahl’s short stories (the ones that were definitely for grown-ups)…Mantel’s narrators never tell everything they know, and that’s why they’re worth listening to, carefully.”

    USA Today (4 stars)

  • The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher is a daring but frustrating collection. There are only ten stories after all, a few of them quite spare, but all so chock-full of vivid detail and devilish wit that it leaves the reader wanting more…Many of the stories mine the baser sides of humanity, but Mantel does it with a wink…They don’t hand out Man Bookers like candy, and these stories further explain why Mantel has two on her mantel (so far).”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “The stories are artfully constructed and share a muted gothic tone marked by the same ‘heightened, crawling quality’ that one of Mantel’s narrators, a writer, finds at a moldering hotel.”

    New Yorker

  • "[Mantel] evokes a shadowy region where boundaries blur and what might have happened has equal weight with what actually occurred…Even the most straightforward of Mantel’s tales retain a faintly otherworldly air.”

    Washington Post

  • “A new Hilary Mantel book is an Event with a capital ‘E’…. Heads always tend to roll — figuratively and otherwise—in Mantel’s writing. Hers is a brusque and brutal world leavened with humor—humor that’s available in one shade only: black…Makes a permanent dent in a reader’s consciousness because of Mantel’s striking language and plots twists, as well as the Twilight Zone-type mood she summons up…breathtaking.”


  • "[Mantel’s] writing is cinematically exquisite…you can’t help but get sucked in.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Mantel proves herself a skilled practitioner of short fiction…‘What would Anita Brookner do?’ asks one of Mantel’s protagonists. The answer, we’d like to think, is this: She’d read Mantel’s latest, and she’d delight in it.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Elegantly clipped and beautifully precise, Jane Carr’s delivery…captures the diverse tales with a unifying reserve that frees the listener to embrace and ponder Mantel’s distinctive style…Carr’s accessible voice and delivery are well employed throughout the collection. Somehow Carr maintains a brisk pace, yet her momentum makes the words and images even more lively, more real…Mantel’s words and Carr’s voice combine to create an enriching listening experience.”


  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month for October 2014
  • One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2014
  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • A 2014 New York Times Notable Book
  • A People Magazine Best Book of Fall 2014
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly Top 10 Book in Literary Fiction
  • A USA Today Best Book for Fall 2014
  • One of the New Yorker’s Best Books to Watch Out For, September 2014
  • A Vogue Pick for Fall 2014
  • Nominated for the 2015 Audie Award for Short Stories/Collections
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