Hilary Mantel’s Book Recommendations

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Welcome to Shelf Life, ELLE.com’s column of books, where authors share their most memorable reads. Whether you’re looking for a book to console you, move you deeply, or make you laugh, consider a recommendation from the writers in our series, who love books as much as you do (since you’re here). Perhaps one of their favorite nicknames will become one of yours too.

Learn to Speak: Stories

Before you make Tudor history you need to read with wolf hole trilogy, Mrs. Hilary Mantell published her first collection of short stories, learn to speak (Henry Holt), which is being published in the United States for the first time. It is one of 16 books, the most famous of which is the Thomas Cromwell series wolf hole (2009), fetch the bodies (2012), and The New York Times Instant Bestseller mirror and light, which sold every 2.7 seconds in the first week of its release in 2020. The first two novels were presented by the Royal Shakespeare Company – both Man Booker Prize winners and broadcast by the BBC, which has won two Golden Globes, two BAFTAs and a Peabody Award. The theatrical version of the third book, adapted by Mantel with actor Ben Miles (Cromwell) opens in the fall of 2021; The screen version is not scheduled to air before 2023.

The English-born ship is living by the sea in Devon (with plans to move to Ireland with her retired geologist husband); She once worked in a geriatric hospital and a convenience store; Studied Law at the London School of Economics and the University of Sheffield; She chronicled her health problems in her 2003 diary give up ghost (She correctly diagnosed herself with endometriosis); She taught in Botswana and lived in Saudi Arabia, which inspired her 1988 novel, Eight months on Gaza Street.

Fan: Cricket. sunset sale And the the crownMeghan Markle, and Saint Jerome in his study, of the early Renaissance painter Antonello da Messina.

her next work, Wolf Hall Illustrated Book (HarperCollins) in collaboration with Ben Miles and George Miles, coming out in September.

The book that…

…Keep me up too late:

Sarah Waters’ intriguing mystery of the 19th century finger.

… currently sitting at my desk:

Glorywhich is the second novel by Zimbabwean-born No Violet Bulawayo – which has already won a range of awards including the Kane Prize for African Writing.

… I bought last time:

dog strength Written by Thomas Savage — I hope he likes it as much as Jane Campion.

… I read in one sitting:

The writer’s deep fear of losing her charm. Michelle Roberts was an award-winning writer who was suddenly rejected by her publisher. She devoured her diary Negative potential, because I desperately wanted to review and rewrite her life, with a happier outcome. As I did in the end.

… I recommend over and over again:

Novelist by young Irish writer Claire Keegan, and his latest book Little things like this.

… made me laugh out loud:

Noise Dolan novel exciting times: a prickly, snappy wit that surprises the reader.

… has the best opening line:

Ford Maddox Ford The good soldier:

“This is the saddest story I have ever heard in my life.” It is a challenge to the reader and a temptation at the same time.

… has the biggest end:

Madeleine St John’s Novel women in black A rare thing – a happy ending that is fully realized. She stayed with me for years.

… I re-read more than others:

I read Therese DeskeroBy François Mauriac When I was a teenager, then three times again over the last year. Set in France in the 1920s, this is a short, bizarre and powerful novel about a woman who poisons her husband. I’ve never met real people who look like her characters, but the novel has a vague grip on my imagination.

… surprised me:

Penelope Mortimer pumpkin eater: a feminist novel so clear and sharp, so dark, funny and so hilarious and so recognizable, that it’s hard to believe it was published in 1962.

… I want the author’s signature:

what about The Complete Works of William Shakespeare?

… I asked for one birthday when I was a kid:

Jane Eyre. My mother said, “You won’t get it.” That was an incentive.

Bonus question: If I could live in any library or bookstore in the world, it would be:

I would just stay at home. My shelves are filled with books that I whisper to read or re-read.

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