The Giant, O'Brien

The Giant, O'Brien

by Hilary Mantel

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 01/09/1999

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From the two-time Man Booker winner, the story of the 18th Century Irish giant, Charles O'Brien.

Charles O'Brien, bard and giant. The cynical are moved by his flights of romance; the craven stirred by his tales of epic deeds. But what of his own story as he is led from Ireland to seek his fortune beyond the seas in England?

The Surprising Irish Giant may be the sensation of the season but only his compatriots seem to attend to his mythic powers of invention. A motley court surrounds him: slow witted Jankin; the thrusting Claffey brothers; sharp-tongued Bride Claskey, the procuress. None so low as Bitch Mary, and none so opportunistic as impressario Joe Vance, yet London shall make its mark on them all.

In addition to the daunting task of taking his storytelling across the sea, The Giant O'Brien must be wary of John Hunter, a celebrated surgeon and anatomist who buys dead men from the gallows and the corpses of babies by the inch. The only problem for John Hunter is that the Giant is still alive. But for how long?

`The Giant, O' Brien' is an unforgettable novel; lyrical, shocking and spliced with black comedy.
ISBN:
9781857028867
9781857028867
Category:
Contemporary fiction
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
01-09-1999
Language:
English
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
224
Dimensions (mm):
198x129x14mm
Weight:
0.16kg
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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