- Title: The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher
- Author: Hilary Mantel
- Genre: Short Stories
- Published: September 2014 – Henry Holt
- Source: Publisher
Publishers Description: One of the most accomplished, acclaimed, and garlanded writers, Hilary Mantel 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.
My brief take: I want to begin with a disclaimer: I haven’t read any short story collections that wowed me so I tend to avoid reading them. Why did I accept a review copy of Hilary Mantel’s latest collection? Because I haven’t read her books and wanted to sample her writing. In hindsight, I probably should have read a chapter or two in one of her chunky historical fiction novels. I like historical fiction. At any rate, all of the stories in the collection are immensely readable. If pressed to name a favorite in this collection I’d say it was How Shall I Know You? in which an author honors a commitment to a book group despite being quite ill.
The title story was not included in my review copy (embargoed until publication date) so I can’t speak to that.
I think if you enjoy the author and short stories you’ll probably like this collection.
It is also available in audiobook from Macmillan Audio
11 thoughts on “The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher by Hilary Mantel”
I enjoy short stories. I’m thinking of reading more of them in the near future. Since you enjoyed this collection, I’m going to add it to my reading list, even though I’m not crazy for the cover or title. I haven’t read any of Hillary Mantel’s books, but have been curious about them. Thanks for sharing your take on this book.
or based on your comments I may pick up one of her popular novels first!
I would definitely do that, Pat!
Not a big fan of short stories either but I do intend to read this after I featured it on my blog having read that some MP or other was calling for Hilary Mantel to be investigated by the police.
I guess that doesn’t surprise me. I’ll be interested in your thoughts on the collection!
I have one or two of Mandel’s chunky historicals I mean to read, too. Not a short story reader myself, I do enjoy some on occasion.
And I need to finish the wolf series
Mary, thanks for sharing your thoughts about this collection of short fiction. I will keep this one in mind.
I’m not a fan of short story collections either but you have me intrigued with this one. Kudos to you for trying it even though it’s not what you usually read.
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I’ve warmed up more to short stories lately. I’ve been curious about this collection, mainly because of the cover! It’s interesting that the title story could not be included in the review copy.
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