The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher by Hilary Mantel
A brilliant - and rather transgressive - collection of short stories from a double Man Booker Prize-winning author.
In these ten bracingly subversive tales, all Hilary Mantel's gifts of characterisation and observation are fully engaged, summoning forth the horrors so often concealed behind everyday facades. Childhood cruelty is played out behind the bushes in 'Comma'; nurses clash in 'Harley Street' over something more than professional differences; and in the title story, staying in for the plumber turns into an ambiguous and potentially deadly waiting game. Whether set in a claustrophobic Saudi Arabian flat or on a precarious mountain road in Greece, these stories share an insight into the darkest recesses of the spirit.