Royal Bodies and Other Writing from the London Review of Books
It shows the evolution in Mantels style, which has been considerable. Some of the pieces are segments of memoir, some are deeply informed historical essays loosely attached to discussions of books. In the earliest reviews before she is given subjects big enough for her to walk around in Mantel is sarky and snarky as well as brisk and breezy Mantels own segments of memoir, which were published as diary pieces, are virtuoso performances As a memoirist, Mantel is without parallel It is only when her essays are laid out like this that we can see the inside of Mantels huge head, bulging with knowledge and a million connections. 5/5 STARS Telegraph This is a work that is brisk and breezy, and further enhanced by her capacity to examine our hearts, register our feelings, and bring up with tenderness the enduring question of our frail and vulnerable bodies Evening Standard Worth buying for the title pun alone, Mantel Pieces brings together three decades worth of Hilary Mantels criticism in the London Review of Books her uncomplicated prose style is no less authorative for being highly readable Sunday Times A volume of critical writing which often feels as if one is in the company of an exceptionally wise and generous friend, exept very few of us have friends who can be as erudite on Madonna as they are on Anne Boylen Sara Collins Bad girls. Ecstatic masochists. Housewives with hidden depths. Revolutionaries who rebelled all the way to the madhouse. These unruly women are her enduring obsession Helen Lewis, New Statesman Likely to leave readers in awe of the purity of Mantels prose, the breadth of her interests and the sharp intelligence she brings to every topic Reading it is like downing a cold, sharp glass of lemonade on a swelteringly hot day: crisp, tart and unbelievably refreshing i Paper Ferocious, witty and unapologetic Guardian
Hilary Mantel is the author of seventeen 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 latest novel, The Mirror & the Light, won the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction, while Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies were both awarded the Booker Prize.