The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher and Other Stories by Hilary Mantel

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17 Critic Reviews

Mantel is very easy to read which is, no doubt, part of the reason she’s so popular. But she’s even more enjoyable to reread, when you hear sounds of a different frequency beneath the mysterious rhythms of modern life.
-Toronto Star

Synopsis


The New York Times bestselling collection, from the Man Booker prize-winner for Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, that has been called "scintillating" (New York Times Books Review), "breathtaking" (NPR), "exquisite" (The Chicago Tribune) and "otherworldly" (Washington Post).

"A new Hilary Mantel book is an Event with a ‘capital ‘E.'"—NPR

"A book of her short stories is like a little sweet treat."—USA Today (4 stars)

"[Mantel is at] the top of her game."—Salon

"Genius."—The Seattle Times

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.

 

About Hilary Mantel

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Hilary Mantel's novels "offer lessons in life's contrariness, in the tensions between free will, unfortunate accident, and involuntary behavior" (Los Angeles Times Book Review). She is the author of eight novels and winner of the prestigious Hawthornden Prize for Literature.
 
Published September 30, 2014 by Henry Holt and Co.. 255 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher and Other Stories
All: 17 | Positive: 16 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Excellent
on Sep 25 2014

...the title story is a true tour de force: A house-proud suburbanite has a kitchen window that opens onto a view of a hospital where Margaret Thatcher...has had eye surgery, and it is that kitchen window that an IRA sniper wishes to use in order to do the Iron Lady in.

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Publishers Weekly

Below average
on Oct 06 2014

There are pleasures here, but Mantel lovers toughing out the wait for the final book in the Cromwell series might do better visiting or revisiting her earlier work...

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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Terry Castle on Oct 02 2014

Mantel is such a funny and intelligent and generously untethered writer that part of what one’s praise must mean is that if you’re intelligent and quirky enough to take the book up at all — and anyone reading to this point most likely will be — she’s got quirks enough of her own to match you, if not raise you 10.

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NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by Janet Maslin on Sep 24 2014

...allows Ms. Mantel to transform a convenient coincidence in her own life into an opportunistic political fantasy.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by LUCY SCHOLES on Jun 28 2015

Death rears its head in many of the stories...Mantel’s writing is dark even when it’s comic and this collection is deliciously macabre.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by LUCY SCHOLES on Jun 07 2015

This short story collection offers fans of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies something to tide them over as they eagerly await the third and final volume in Hilary Mantel’s twice Man Booker-winning Tudor trilogy, while also offering us what’s perhaps a timely reminder of the breadth of her literary prowess.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Robert Collins on Sep 27 2014

At worst, these stories read like outmoded tales of the unexpected. The best, however, come infused with Mantel’s almost lush evocations of isolation and distress.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by James Lasdun on Sep 24 2014

Mantel has a great eye for the dross and dreck of urban and suburban life – the "crapola", as Philip Roth calls it – and it's a joy to follow her around as she observes it.

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NY Journal of Books

Good
Reviewed by Viv Young on Oct 29 2014

One of ten short stories...Ms Mantel not only delivers a mischievous tale for the reader to enjoy but also grants a delicious peek inside the mind of one of our most lauded and accomplished writers... This is Hilary Mantel at her best and arguably most readable.

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Blog Critics

Above average
Reviewed by Jack Goodstein on Sep 21 2015

“The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher” may not be Wolf Hall, but what is. In the end these are quality stories that are well worth readers’ attention.

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NPR

Good
Reviewed by Maureen Corrigan on Oct 15 2014

Mantel is playing around with the theme of choices or doors that people walk through in life; she's also explicitly venting her rage at Thatcher. That she manages to do all this — juggle the metaphorical meditations and political commentary in a darkly comic short story — is breathtaking, which is the word I'd use to describe this collection.

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Star Tribune

Above average
Reviewed by Malcolm Forbes on Oct 25 2014

To stave off disappointment, Mantel has served up “The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher,” a collection of 10 stories. It may lack the heartiness of her last two offerings, but it still satisfies as a substantial snack between courses.

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Financial Times

Good
Reviewed by Simon Schama on Sep 26 2014

The storyteller is so devilishly good, we follow her gaily into the steaming loathsomeness of Eccles House with a smile on our face, the very reflection of Hilary Mantel’s own demonic grin.

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LA Times

Above average
Reviewed by Michelle Huneven on Oct 03 2014

Mantel writes with great economy and control. The stories are intricately constructed and subtle, if sometimes oblique...A low tone of anger runs through the collection, surfacing in cackles and quips, but lower still is the rumble of pain.

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AV Club

Good
Reviewed by Laura M. Browning on Oct 13 2014

Of the 10 collected stories, most are tremendous in both prose and narrative, though not all of them sink into the bones. It’s hard to be critical of a writer as exact as Mantel, though, for even in the stories that are slightly more forgettable, the language is still evocative...

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Toronto Star

Good
Reviewed by Alex Good on Oct 04 2014

Mantel is very easy to read which is, no doubt, part of the reason she’s so popular. But she’s even more enjoyable to reread, when you hear sounds of a different frequency beneath the mysterious rhythms of modern life.

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National Post arts

Good
Reviewed by Philip Marchand on Oct 10 2014

Nothing in Mantel’s literary armoury, in short, is retained that detracts from the suspense and interest generated by the events detailed in this story. If I were a Secret Service agent or RCMP officer I would certainly read this story.

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