The Giant, O'Brien

The Giant, O'Brien

by Hilary Mantel

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 01/09/1999

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From the author of Wolf Hall, Bring Up the Bodies and The Mirror & the Light, comes the true story of the 18th Century Irish giant, Charles O'Brien, who was exhibited in London and eventually dissected by the surgeon John Hunter.

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

Hilary Mantel is the author of fourteen 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 two most recent novels, Wolf Hall and its sequel Bring Up The Bodies, have both been awarded the Man Booker Prize - an unprecedented achievement.

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