Learning to Talk

Learning to Talk

Short Stories

by Hilary Mantel

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 21/08/2003

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A companion piece to the captivating memoir GIVING UP THE GHOST by the Man Booker-winning author, this collection of loosely autobiographical stories locates the transforming moments of a haunted childhood. This sharp, funny collection of stories drawn from life begins in the 1950s in an insular northern village 'scoured by bitter winds and rough gossip tongues.' For the child narrator, the only way to survive is to get up, get on, get out. In 'King Billy is a Gentleman', the child must come to terms with the loss of a father and the puzzle of a fading Irish heritage. 'Curved Is the Line of Beauty' is a story of friendship, faith and a near-disaster in a scrap-yard. The title story sees our narrator ironing out her northern vowels with the help of an ex-actress with one lung and a Manchester accent. In 'Third Floor Rising', she watches, dazzled, as her mother carves out a stylish new identity. With a deceptively light touch, Mantel locates the transforming moments of a haunted childhood.
ISBN:
9780007166442
9780007166442
Category:
Contemporary fiction
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
21-08-2003
Language:
English
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
176
Dimensions (mm):
198x129x11mm
Weight:
0.13kg
Hilary Mantel

Dame Hilary Mary Mantel, DBE FRSL  is an English writer whose work includes personal memoirs, short stories, and historical fiction.
She has twice been awarded the Booker Prize, the first for the 2009 novel Wolf Hall, a fictional account of Thomas Cromwell's rise to power in the court of Henry VIII, and the second for the 2012 novel Bring Up the Bodies, the second instalment of the Cromwell trilogy. Mantel was the first woman to receive the award twice.
 The third instalment to the trilogy, The Mirror and the Light, is in progress.

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